I’m interested in how people work. Curious about what they care about, about what fires them up. And curious too, about why many of us are willing to put those things — our greatest passions — on hold to do instead the things we think we “should do.”
We vacuum before we paint, even though painting makes our heart beat fast with gladness. We fold clothes before we go for that hike. We surf the web, instead of write.
What if you picked passion first, over the non-essentials in life?
If you make room for passion and inspired action, they can drive your life. Think about it: passion is love. That is a powerful force to have behind you.
My friend Christine wrote that her passions are her daughters and husband. You get that just by the words she uses to write about them: “I would drive any amount of miles in the day, sit through any kind of weather for outdoor sports and sit on the most uncomfortable bleachers for the longest period of time for indoor sports, make sure the house smells good when they come home, have home-cooked meals, laugh together until it hurts or someone starts crying and go to bed exhausted only to wake up and do it all over again.”
Feel her energy? Her love of family fuels her, inspires action ala home-cooked meals and aligns her with her passion – which is again, connecting with her family. That passion radiates out. It’s catchy.
For Sally – and really for all of us if we’re paying attention – passion develops, grows, changes, and spreads.
“The older I get the more I am passionate about everything because it all connects,” she says. “Start with gardening, for instance. That began with buying a few plants, metamorphosed as I learned the benefits/needs of certain plants and the soil, that grew into an interest in native plants and water-saving, which connects to a pesticide free world because of salmon & the sea, which connects to living simply…biking, composting, being rather than consuming….& so on….”
Julie is passionate about “understanding the human condition,” among other things. No surprise then that she is a wise, successful therapist who works with clients who want to grow and change and evolve.
Julie’s career plays right into her passion. She made a conscious choice to pursue it.
Most people don’t do that. We put our energies first toward the things that we don’t want to be doing, the things that aren’t all that important, the things that someone else could do for us, the things that drain us. We forget to gas up on the things we love to do, the inspired actions that keep us moving toward our passions. We vacuum before we paint our masterpiece. Is clean carpet really more important than connecting to our dreams and passions?
We even disconnect from the people we love. Tapping into our e-mail while our children play in the other room.
Today, just quit it. Bag it. For one day give up the non-essentials. Do what you must do. But, do mostly what you love. Do the things that you’re passionate about. And become aware of how empowered and good and alive you feel. Then notice the energy you’re casting out to the rest of us. Sure, your carpet might be a little dirtier, but connecting with your passion will fuel you and all that you touch.
When you are living close to your passion and taking some inspired action every day you’ll be energized and excited to do more and better in every area of your life. And that enthusiasm will inspire the rest of us.
Today, think about what fuels you. What are you passionate about? What will you do today to move closer to your passion?
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