However, there was a small amount of down time, and that was spent, as much as possible, catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones. I had several fairly in-depth conversations with people I had known only slightly before, and came away from the weekend reeling with new insights about myself and about them.
One person asked me a riveting question about my purpose in life. This is something that we've all thought about at one time or another, but usually give up and spend more of our lives searching. I've been focusing on just that question lately and did have some insights, but really haven't come any closer to finding an answer. However, this question was posed in a different way, and I was told simply to answer off the top of my head, without thinking. "What is my driving passion, my message to the world?"
My answer? That we're all in this together. That no matter how different we all seem to be, how different we appear, how different our viewpoints and opinions may be, we're like separate multicolored threads that, together, make up a beautiful and complex tapestry. If we were all the same, there would be no beauty in the whole, it would just be big and bland and boring. Instead, there's contrast, there's complementation, there's color. There's depth and meaning and conflict that gives us a reason to think about WHY we think and feel the way we do, and to learn more about ourselves as much as about each other.
This is a large part of the reason why I've hosted Through the Keyhole since 2007. I want to facilitate a meeting of minds, bringing new information to the public, especially in the realm of the paranormal where the new material will expand the minds of those who hear it. I want to change the way people see the world, to create bridges among groups who think they have nothing in common, to help people see that we are all different facets on the same jewel. We are equally important, equally valuable, and all have contributions to make to the whole. Without any one of us, there's a catch in the design, a thread missing from the tapestry. Some are complex, while others offer restful "white space" where there is no design, and boundaries that are just as important to the overall flow. If I can help people see that, and to see themselves that way, and most importantly to see each other that way, then I will consider my life's purpose to have been fulfilled.