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The Living Water Publication is a project that has finally reached its release to the world on the 7th of Jan 2015. Over 2 years ago I had the vision for it and after countless hours of hard work, travelling, shooting, designing and organising, my first ever publication has materialised into an A4 sized coffee table book and I couldn't be happier. It's a project that I've poured so much of my heart into, both mentally and physically, learning the meaning behind the quote I have come to love and live by 'Whatever you do, do it with all your heart." Hand picking 77 of my best shots to eternalise in print was challenging, although I discovered not nearly as challenging as articulating the literature that poetically represented the words I chose to accompany each photo, knowing that each word may potentially impact someones life in a special way.
I hope you enjoy this self-published book and discover my intent in creating such a meaningful resource, which is to inspire the heart to be wild, our love to be courageous and our eyes to be open.
"Living Water" is a collection of thoughts and visions, poetically woven into a visual expression of the authors passion for Ocean Art and the deeper thirst we all have to discover true purpose and meaning in life. It explores thought provoking avenues about the common words that we relate to, that lead the reader down a path of encouragement and inspiration to go beyond what delights the eyes and into a deeper resource of what Thurston refers to as “Living Water."
Water is a known essential for the bodies survival, where as Living Water is reference to the deeper nourishment that fuels the dreams and visions that we all have been given in some measure that allow us to live a life of true purpose and meaning. This book has been designed to not only treat the eye but also ignite passion, fuel the soul and encourage those that thirst to find reason and courage to discover and be refreshed from the place where Living Water flows..
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Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. That’s great but what are you going to do? How do we find out our own purpose? It’s a challenging concept to consider that each one of us in born for a reason, born for a purpose that is to define the fundamental reason for our individual existence.
I’m 27 years old, and I’ve been called many different things, not so much names, but identities, what do you do? People ask us.. and the answer is always relative to our current circumstance. I’m a kitchen hand at the local cafe, I’m a camera housing manufacturer, I’m a videographer, I’m an adventurer, I’m a bodyboarder, I’m a web designer, I’m a graphic artist, I’m a painter, I think I’m a creative professional? I’m a Director? I’m a Photographer.. But what am I really? What do I really do and what on earth am I supposed to be doing! How do we find out what we are supposed to be doing!?
Finding your own purpose is a journey of a lifetime. It’s the journey that takes courage, to leave behind security and pursue your unique calling, with faith and hope, discovering exactly what you were designed to be.
Financial success doesn’t define it, your house won’t define it, the car you drive has nothing to do with it, your social status is irrelevant to it, your job doesn’t define it. So what then is it?
We can sometimes catch a glimpse of it in that strangers wry smile, in the sneaky tear of gratitude, in that outstretched hand, in that moment when someone stops to give to the needy, when another's agenda becomes about helping others, we can feel it in that moment, where one thing becomes our focus and the worlds troubles are blurred out. We can feel it when we reach that mountain summit, metaphorically or physically speaking, it’s in that moment of committing to giving it one more go, it’s in that personal accomplishment and overcoming ones fears. It’s ultimately finding your offering to the world, and having the courage to give it.
How do I find it? Well, what is the deep desire that sits in your heart waiting for it’s release. What is your heart saying, where does it want to lead you? How is your instinct wired, what do you dream about at night when reality loosens, what is it that you constantly compress everyday when you start your routine. What is it that you fear most? What are you naturally gifted at? What is your core competency? What makes your spirit come alive again?
Journey through the pages of my life and learn with me as I discover the key elements in discovering your own purpose in life.
Writing is a discovery. When I had the vision for this book, I knew I had something valuable that would help someone in this world, I wasn’t sure what it looked like when I started but I just began writing, accumlating thoughts, putting pen to paper with my ideas and what I’ve learnt in life, and gradually piece by piece, my story came together. In doing so I’ve learnt things about myself that I never knew, creating a resource of motivation and inspiration not just for others but also for myself.
People who live to help themselves are forgotten, people who live to help others become legend.
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