The quest is one and the same…We are drawn toward the same craters of the spirit — to know what we are, and what we are for, to know our purpose…. — Saul Bellow
A manifesto is a public declaration of goals and aims. The development of a personal manifesto most often appears to its author in pieces. The full manifesto itself may take years to develop. It may even take a life time. Very seldom is it immediate unless it comes in the form of a dream or an awakening experience. This is the story of how my personal manifesto came into being.
The first piece of my manifesto developed around twenty years ago. I had just started writing and publishing my poetry. Because I did not want to get involved with the politics of publishing companies, I decided to crate my own platform for the publication of my writings. Thus Transformation Publications was born. For an icon of the company, I searched through thousand of free, public clip art images. Until I found the symbol I still use today. A black and white image of a boy riding on the back of a butterfly. As I became more proficient in the features of my computer, I added color to the butterfly’s wings and body to create the image you see above.
This symbol for me represented freedom and independence. Two topics which have been woven into my very essence.
The first words of my manifesto were a revelation even to me. They were necessary to establish my new existence in this world. They were three simple but very powerful words: I Am Here! These words comprised the title of my first blog entry and book and for many years were the only words of my manifesto.
As a philosopher it was not enough to have a statement of acknowledgement, I also needed to know the reason for that admission. It has been the mission of my adult life to grow in wisdom and to expand my ability to love. More recently the mission to live each day also became a part of my mainstream thinking.
When one has a life mission, the means to accomplish that mission must be clearly understood. The best way to accomplish it is by doing those things you love most in life and for me those things are reading, writing, thinking, and dreaming. Included in this manifesto is a bit a levity which is important to life, I howl at full moons and laughs at myself when I start to take life or myself too seriously.
So my manifesto is this:
I am here to live each day, to grow in wisdom, and to expand my ability to love. I read, I write, I think, and I dream. I howl at full moons and laugh at myself often.
The painting on the left was done by Kathy Fay in 2005 for which I was the model and is now used as my personal avatar.