When we consider all the elements that must come together for us to exist as human beings on this planet, in this universe, it seems a pitiful, tragic shame that we could go through our days and years not appreciating life. Yes, “life” for some people is such a struggle that they have pretty good reason not to appreciate a lot of what they go through. But even for those people, something must be going on inside for them to survive, even thrive. I think that something is passion.
In fact, some of the most passionate people in this world have had a rough time of it—they don’t have much material wealth, they’ve suffered great harm and loss, they don’t have much power over their situations—yet they dive into life and actually experience joy and hope. How is that? And some people who have everything they need are bored out of their minds and do not relate much to a passionate view of life.
For the purposes of this post/discussion, “passion” is a deep and satisfying engagement with life. Passion makes it possible to live joyfully, purposefully, hopefully, and energetically.
A person who leads a life of passion:
- does not take for granted her blessings, but names them and gives thanks for them.
- takes responsibility for himself and does the work he needs to do.
- allows a full range of emotion appropriate to what she’s going through, because emotions help her understand what’s happening and how it affects her.
- opens himself to genuine relationships with others. This doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily an extravert who has many friends, but he is attentive to the friendships he does have.
- works to discover her gifts, to develop them, and use them in whatever way she can.
- sees beyond his own life and concerns to the world around him, daring to engage in the issues that influence quality of life for those beyond his private circle.
- enjoys life. Celebrates. Laughs. Cries. Asks questions. Listens.
- gets involved in ways that fit who he or she is. Not afraid to make a mess or encounter complexity.
- moves by way of dream and vision rather than regret and fear.
So, what do you think? What for you makes a life of passion?