My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.
If you’ve read BLUSH, you met Henry, my younger brother.
When the book ends, Henry, at age 15, looks like this.
His new camera educated his youthful eye.
Now a physical therapist, he has resumed his avocation of photography.
When I asked him what he aims for, he says,
“I hope to capture light in digital photography, to illuminate details that might ordinarily go unseen . . .
to capture the beauty of living things.”
I think you’ll agree that he has captured detail,
and that he illuminates the beauty of living things.
Like the poet Robert Frost,
he is learning to unite his avocation and vocation.
Henry and I are both following paths first traveled in childhood. What hobby or avocation have you had that has persisted or come full circle in your life? How does it relate to your own “object of living?”