I used to think passion was some big extraordinary thing, but now I know its made up of the simple moments that captivate your everyday.
The New Year is coming. You are sitting on the footsteps of a new decade and its time for you to make an important decision. What will you do differently this year?
If you’ve been following me lately, you know I am considering a big life change. How will I pull it off? I am not sure, exactly. But I am sure of one thing, I am incredibly passionate about it.
Can you remember the last time you embarked on a great adventure? When your life was filled with a sense of purpose and you had a genuine excitement about the future? That is how my family and I feel right now. We wake up each day and are thrilled about what’s to come.
True, we are doing something quite extreme but we didn’t get there overnight. Its been a long process of leaning into the simple moments which captivate our everyday that brought us to this point.
Passion Comes From Doing Something Differently
Going on this journey made me realize that passion is not created, it’s found. But the secret to finding your passion lies not in what you have always done, but in what you decide to do differently.
It is when you decide to break free from the mundane routine of life and ask yourself “What matters to me?” that you begin to find your passion.
The mistake most people make is thinking they have to do something big and extraordinary to have passion, but that is not the case. The truth is when you lean into the little things in your life, they become the big things you are passionate about.
- If your family matters to you, then passion is going on dates with your spouse or being there for your kid’s after school activities.
- If travel matters to you, then passion is going on a vacation to a place you love each year.
- If a hobby or talent matters to you, then passion is carving out a little time each day to work on your craft.
- If ministry matters to you, then passion is getting out there and serving the people around you.
In just about every area of life, there is something to be passionate about. And when you decide to do the little things, it unlocks your passion for the big things.
Your Interests Are The Seeds of Your Passion
As long as my wife and I have been married (11 years) there is a trail of breadcrumbs in our life. In just about every area — with our kids, in our relationship, with our ministry, and with the things that matter to us — there is a common thread; we want to be intentional.
We didn’t realize this at first, but it has always been there. We don’t want to live on autopilot letting life happen to us. Instead, we want to be in the driver’s seat happening to life.
It’s only through hindsight we noticed this. It is the one interest that has remained constant over all this time. And now we have enough perspective to call it what it is: it’s our passion.
My wife and I are passionate about Intentional Living. We want to be intentional about the way we spend our time, how we eat, where we live, and what we do. This is why we are launching a YouTube Channel in 2020 that explores what it means to live intentionally. It will be called Pursue What Matters and you could say it’s a “passion project.”
We felt it was important to share our journey because we never had mentors ourselves. You could say we are lucky to have discovered our passion because without a model to follow a lot is left to chance.
We could just as easily still be humming along in the “rat-race” with no clue as to what we are passionate about, but thankfully we did something differently.
We leaned into the small things that matter to us and followed its trail of breadcrumbs which eventually led us to our passion. Now, we are pursuing this as the main thing in our lives and that has made all the difference. We hope our journey inspires you and helps you to find your passion too.