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About Jennifer Read HawthorneDestiny Points
October 1, 2014

        Someone recently asked me why I do what I do. It started one morning as I was walking to work from my Dupont Circle apartment to downtown Washington, D.C. A thought arose: There must be something more to life than this.
        I quickly dismissed the idea—here I was fresh out of college, working for a Presidential Commission, enjoying a wonderful relationship, living in a city where the local and national news were one and the same. It couldn’t get any better than that!
        But the thought wouldn’t let go of me. And one day, instead of walking past Peace Corps headquarters, I walked in. I applied. I was accepted. It was a destiny point that propelled into a life of looking for that “something more.”
        My search took me to exotic places. I spent two years in the Peace Corps in West Africa, started meditating in Kenya, became a meditation teacher in Europe. I met Mother Teresa in India, trekked the Himalayas in Nepal, dropped out of time in the Seychelles.
        Years later, I now know that my search was for nothing more than myself—what every human being wants: to know the deepest part of ourselves. To be comfortable in life no matter what is happening to and around us. To be able to accept the circumstances life brings and know from our depths that we are in an undeniable river of life whose currents we can fight—or flow with peacefully.
        I believe there are simple things we can do to make our lives better—things that don’t take time or money but that can lead us to richer relationships, more satisfying work, and—dare I say it—greater peace and happiness. The philosopher Seneca said, “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” That’s what I try to do. And it is a joy for me to share my lifelong learning and understanding with audiences and clients everywhere.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

~T.S. Eliot