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Following my Joy

I have always loved to write. I wrote an (unpublished) children’s book when I was ten. I journaled my way through my teens, keeping me somewhat sane through my passage into womanhood. My Master’s thesis, ‘Bringing the Human Spirit to Work’ helped me reframe my transition into working life as one of learning to live a life of joyful contribution.

I straddle two worlds. I have roots into Europe from my Danish father and into Africa from my Zimbabwean mother. I have lived and loved in both countries. They have contributed to making me who I am. Zimbabwe showed me a world of connection, vibrancy and joy; Denmark that I can do whatever I set my heart to.

Perhaps these contrasting beginnings enabled me to let my heart and my joy be my guides on my journey through life. Instead of a secure job, I co-created Pioneers of Change, a global learning community of young change makers. I returned to Zimbabwe to co-found Kufunda, a learning village committed to fostering resilient communities. Through all of this I was writing, as a way of reaching out with the questions and ideas, that were living and maturing in my heart and mind.

Four years ago I was in another transition. This one I did not write my way through. I married, became a mother, and made my new home with my husband in South Africa. Four years on I woke up to the fact that somehow my life had become too small for me. My work was springing more from a need to contribute to my family and my colleagues than from my heart. Mother, wife, colleague, these are all important roles, and yet they are far smaller than who I really am.

My journey to World Pulse and VOF is part of my journey back to myself. Once again I have left the conventional path behind, this time with my family. We have moved back to Zimbabwe with the intention to follow simply, as a family, that which makes us happy, and to trust that in that choice we will contribute more fully to our world. In this simple and yet deeply profound shift, I am finding my questions and curiosity rising once again, my creativity is bubbling; and a stronger more intentional desire burning in me to chronicle and share.

I believe that I am part of many across the world who are creating a new world. The old is not working, and we are gradually finding our way into a different way of being human. We are still learning our way into this. We as women have much to contribute here, and for me, writing is a subtle but integral part of breathing the new into life. It is the bridge between the outer work, and the inner emerging clarity. And it is the medium through which those of us, who are building the new, can find and strengthen each other.

Comments

Potter's picture

Beautiful!

This is a lovely article, full of joy and optimism. Through your writing, the whole wide world will know just how large your life can be. I'd love to read your children's book. I love children's literature and believe that some of the most profound writing in print is intended for children

Marianne Knuth's picture

Thank you

My book was written first long hand and then on a typewriter. It seems so long ago, before the time of computers, and so unfortunately it has been lost. I do think the publisher was probably accurate in not printing it :), and yet your simple act of letting me know that you would like to read it makes me think (for the first time really) that perhaps one day I could do it again, and write another children's book. As I type my son is sitting on my lap, and I think he would find it fun to do something like this with mommy. So thank you for seeding what may be a really important idea for us,

Johanna's picture

Graceful

Marianne, your writing has such a graceful style, and you are very articulate. i will be eager to know more about your new life and goals in Zimbabwe.

Katharina's picture

You are a writer!

It is absolutely clear to me, how much you love writing, Marianne! I'm not sure, but from what I got, it seems to inspire you a lot, meaning writing as some kind of engine and motivator in your life. As Johanna wrote, I'd really like to hear how your life is going in Zimbabwe!

dbunton's picture

Marianne, I love the way you

Marianne,

I love the way you took possession and ownership of your story! We are collectively gathered, and working together automatically, to bring the human spirit to work. This fact, in fact, is one of my greatest rewards. I have always believed in "Collective consciousness", linking all of humanity. I must also admit that I like to see results in places like the news, in policy, and on World Pulse. Often, I think to myself....Wow, this stuff is fun and powerful. There was a time when I wouldn't share my "suspicions" with others, out of "fear" that they would think I'm crazy :) Now, there seems to be this obviously "visible" force field, that brings us all together. Although it "might just be me", and the people with whom I chose to learn and associate, I have taken notice of those around me who are slowly-but-surely becoming little "closet activists". That's ok, regardless if "WE" are out front, publishing articles in mainstream media, or involved in social media and online communities, our goal is all the same. Congrats in your work! Blessings in your pursuits! Hve fun being involved with VOF and Pulse Wire, and bubble on!

Thank you!

Darren Bunton

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