Looking at goals in a new light

“People on this road see life as a process of commitment making. Character is defined by how deeply rooted you are. Have you developed deep connections that hold you up in times of challenge and push you toward the good? In the realm of the intellect, a person of character has achieved a settled philosophy about fundamental things. In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime.”

Lately, I’ve been forced to take a look at a lot of things. As I near graduation, I have been thinking a lot about what my goals are. This article by the New York Times gave me a whole new outlook on that process.

It’s always good to read an article that really challenges you to take a hard look at how you’re going about things, and I think that this article does just that.

I’ll quit talking about it though. Just go read it.

“Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?

Their lives often follow a pattern of defeat, recognition, redemption. They have moments of pain and suffering. But they turn those moments into occasions of radical self-understanding — by keeping a journal or making art. As Paul Tillich put it, suffering introduces you to yourself and reminds you that you are not the person you thought you were.

The people on this road see the moments of suffering as pieces of a larger narrative. They are not really living for happiness, as it is conventionally defined. They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal.”


Pub alert! I’m a wine writer now

I hate to be winey… but wait. I love wine. So much so that I wrote about it and got published!

Peanut Butter and Jelly wine is a creation by Windy Wine Company in Missouri.

Peanut Butter and Jelly wine is a creation by Windy Wine Company in Missouri.

I wrote an article in the fall about quirky Missouri wines, and it was just published in Midwest Wine Press. It highlights three unique wines, a peanut butter and jelly wine, raspberry chipotle wine and a jalapeño mead.

You can read it here, if you’re interested.

It was my first time being published as a freelancer. I owe a huge thanks to Nina Furstenau. In her class we learned about query letters and also refined our food and wine writing skills. If you’re a journalism student at MU I highly recommend taking her class Will Write for Food or Wine… or really any class she teaches. She’s amazing.

The wine industry seems like a pretty friendly place. I’ve even been invited to the regional wine conference in March, hopefully I can make some time to attend in between classes, work and my capstone.