What is Passion and Do I Still Have It
We get so caught up in day to day minutia that I believe we sometimes forget why we love what we do. Can you think back to that time when you couldn’t wait to get to work? Remember being so excited that you got to work early and stayed late? Talking later to your friends about the newest of it all?
I recently made a friend who reminded me of myself a long time ago — when everything I was doing was fresh and new and exciting, and my joy in greeting each day was palpable. Over a cup of coffee his enthusiasm for life was infectious! After we parted I found myself grinning from ear to ear and shaking my head at the same time.
There was a little bit of naivety in his musings, but at the same time I couldn’t stop thinking about the thrill he was getting from each new discovery on his journey. Some of the times I have felt this type of excitement were: preparing for a big day like my wedding, having a baby, singing at the Kennedy Center in DC, hearing the laughter of small children, meeting someone for the first time that I have respected my whole life, falling in love, working on a political campaign and the pride I felt when they won. I am sure you have your own moments that have felt special and can relate.
So where did our passion for our jobs and life in general go? Why are we so often just going through the motions? Perhaps we have forgotten what passion really means. Have you ever thought that what you do every day makes a difference to the people around you? I’m not just talking about your work environment, but everyone you meet or are in contact with.
My sense is that we block out and tend to forget that we DO make a difference with every smile (or sneer), hug (or rejection), look (or stare). You matter! What you do, feel, think, and say matter. And what is passion? It’s PASS-I-ON. Every time you bring excitement or a sense of newest to whatever you are doing, you are leaving a little bit more of the real, authentic YOU there. You are passing “you” on.
That’s what my friend did. His love of life stayed with me the rest of the day, and is here now as I write these words. What a wonderful gift. We all have that gift. We gift who we are at every moment. So how are you living your passion today?