Finding Your Passion: DUH
I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.- Judith M. Knowlton
Don’t we all want to find our “passion”? From the time we were in high school most of us were asked what we wanted to be or do when we grew up. What is your major? What are you passionate about. And for years I questioned myself. Why is it so dang hard to find something to be passionate about? Maybe I just really like a lot of things and don’t have a burning “passion” for any one of them.
I am a pretty happy person and there are lots of things I like. I even really LOVE playing tennis, especially outside in great weather with fun people. But is it a true passion? Not really. I love to write and have loved getting back into it with this blog, but for many years I did not really write much and so is this a passion? Maybe not. I love to cook, but not enough to make a career out of it or even to do it all the time for myself or my family.
So, how the heck do I find my passion? Well, not long ago it occurred to me that our passions are not outside of us, but rather inside of us. And that when we radiate passion about something it becomes a passion. In other words, our attitude toward ANYTHING allows even the mundane to allow our passion a venue.
Doing dishes can either be done with lots of negative thoughts about the dreariness and drudgery of washing the same dishes over and over or it can be a game. Turning chaos into order. A clean kitchen is something to be passionate about! And our attitude in cleaning it will either allow us to have fun doing it or think of it as a chore.
Same thing with anything we do in life. For me I have passion playing tennis when I am with fun people, winning some and losing some and laughing a lot. If it is all about winning, it isn’t even fun and I have no passion for it. Hmmm.
I love my work. I am not sure how to even put into words what it is I love because there are so many parts like meeting new people from all over that I would never have known or mentoring and supporting and cheering others on toward success, but I do love it. And it got me thinking that perhaps it is my passion FOR what I do that is the key. I allow the passion within to permeate all I do, at least most of the time. Hey, we are all human.
So for me it is my attitude about my life and my work and my play that gives me the choice of doing it with passion and joy or with the opposite.
Now if we could teach our kids that passion is from within and not in finding the right work or spouse, that would be a gift extraordinaire! Namaste.
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