One of the “perks” of participating in farmer’s markets is that I get a healthy dose of contemplation time on the drives to and from the markets several times a week. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my life’s purpose and how the dream for Wild Type Ranch arose out of a pledge to myself to live life with integrity.
Early in life, I had very clear career goals, and most would call a success what I did and where I got to before Ralph and I started the ranch together in 2005. It seems to me now, a greater success is being able to go through daily life inspired and enthused. The roots of those words; “in spirit” and “in theos” (or “in God”) speak to a way of living where all aspects of life resonate with one’s “life purpose”. In other words, integrity.
The more I do in a spirit of being “meant” to be doing whatever it is I am doing now, the more gratifying each activity is and the more my daily existance come into alignment with my values. I am realizing that integrity has a lot more to do with the inspiration and enthusiasm than just being totally honest and up front.
I’ve experienced lots of inspiration and enthusiasm lately; spending time with my extended family, a new horse at our house, a pair of locavore/meet the farmer dinners and increasing demand for what we produce.
My boys often say that they can “taste the love” in the food we eat, when it is grown or prepared ourselves or by someone we know. I think there is truth in that: If your food is produced with inspiration and enthusiasm, how can it not taste better?