My Life Manifesto (For Today)


Rainbow in Stormy Sky © 2015 Bo Mackison

This I believe. I am alive.

Fully, completely, eyes-wide-open alive.

There were a hundred times when I could have given up,
said “no more” or made a different choice —
not an easier choice,  just a different choice.

And still, I am alive.

I celebrate the perfect alignment of the stars,
the constant roll of the waves, the greening of spring once more,
and the miracle of my patchwork life.

There are times when I search for my life’s work,
question what I have done of worth, what good am I doing now.

And then, this realization. Stunning.

Thus far, my work has been to survive.
Survival is my life work.
It is good work, worthy work, honest work, hard work.

This. This I need to remember.

When I ask countless questions that have no answers,
when I wonder why; when I tremble with fear
and anxiety; when I grieve; when I despair or doubt.

There is always this.

I am doing my work. That is enough.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Carrie Prentice says:

    Bravo! Enough is . . . enough! Who has a right to make any other judgment?

  2. “Thus far, my work has been to survive.” This is a powerful message, worth reflecting upon. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Bo this is perfect…we are enough! I am really enjoying all 3 sets of your cards and meditate with one card daily….very uplifting and wonderful.

  4. You are a gift. And your words resonate: It is enough.

    You are love.

  5. Every time I find a new blog post, I am both overjoyed and relieved. You are surviving and sharing.

  6. And enough is all we can, or maybe should, ask for. 🙂

  7. And enough is all we can, or maybe should, ask for. 🙂

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