Lett's Set A Spell
While taking time off from a heavy work schedule to recover from a car accident, I have been blessed with the opportunity to re-examine my career. During this focus on healing my body, mind and spirit, I decided to take time to re-create every aspect of my life.
I always believed that loving labor was the key to health and happiness and eventually rejected society’s view of success with its focus on making money. When I retreated to a cabin in the woods back in 1998, my intention was to discover what activities fed my spirit. My focus on writing and tuning in to my higher self led to the publication of four books that provided me with my liveliness and my livelihood.
Being creative in the silence of my cabin and peddling my wares in the noisy marketplace gave me an ideal balance of introversion and extraversion. I felt a tremendous sense of satisfaction because I was living in alignment with my divine mission. I was feeding my spirit by sharing stories with others either by the written word or through entertaining programs. I knew what it was like to awaken with a song in my heart.
THROUGH THE YEARS, as I created less and traveled more, the soothing melody of that song turned sour and became out of tune. I was working harder but feeling less joy, yet I wouldn’t take time to reassess what was wrong because I was too, too busy.
Enter a minor interruption in flow in early 2011 … including exhaustion and insomnia, that led to a disturbing diagnosis: severe allergy to wheat. Spirit offered a wake-up call, but I did not listen well enough.
Enter a major disruption in energy in late 2011 … screaming brakes, truck crashing in my car, plowing into another car that led to tremendous trauma and constant discomfort.
“Oh God,” I cried out, “Stop the pain,” and then I heard, “but I gave you the pain.”
I got the message to stop and listen to the Holy Spirit, so I asked “How do I proceed with the next phase of my divine mission?”
Last year I wandered in the wilderness in regard to my writing, lost in the valley of confusion about what I had to say. I was fortunate to earn income by teaching marketing at colleges and speaking to groups about reinvention. Meanwhile, I attended numerous programs to develop social media skills that would help me promote my next business venture.
This summer I am taking a series of workshops called “Find Your Song & Sing It: Creating Your Purpose-Filled Career” at Wake Technical Community College. Later, I will discuss insights from instructor Sheyenne Kreamer and participants.
FOR FOUR DECADES I have shared ideas about positive living and holistic healing with readers and audiences and continue to understand more about the nature of “Wholistic Work.” I deliberately capitalize the two words because both deserve that designation.
“Wholistic” refers to the idea of our Work in this world being an integration of our calling, our caring, our talents, our skills, our passion and our purpose. Wholistic Work is a labor of love and a love of labor because it touches our heart and stirs our soul.
Our Work can and must stimulate self-expression, ignite our creativity and enhance our zest for living. I believe that our Work should energize our bodies, renew our minds and nourish our spirits.
Today, I am declaring myself a Wholistic Writer who seeks to inspire readers to discovering wholeness in every area of their lives. With clarity of vision, I announce my intention to focus my vocation on helping others discover the meaning and magic in every area of their lives.
AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.