Monday, March 15, 2010

Question: Do You Live With Passion?

I maintain a strong conviction that in order to live with truth and grace, you must do so with passion. Life is much more than a series of meaningless coincidences, calamities, and accidents; in fact, rather, it’s a tapestry of exquisite proceedings that culminate into an orchestra of life alerting moments – moments meant to be seized – moments meant to be had – moments meant to be reinforced with passion.

In aspects of ancient Greek philopsphy, the highest degree of mental fulfillment was noted to be found in the quest of pursuit to quench the satisfaction of one of our strongest urges as an individual – passion. Quoting one of my favorite movies, Serendipity, “Did you know that the Greeks did not write obituaries? They only asked one question after a man had passed: Did he have passion?” Passion is not well understood as a part of our cultural existence. Traditionally we admire the “Jones” instead of living closer to the truth, such as the Greeks – maybe, just maybe, they had it right when they questioned the cultivation of a person’s personal passion not of their tangible attainment. In our environment, people take it for granted as something that will “find its way into their lives” instead of the opportunity that it is; an opportunity that develops with purpose, and ease. Delight. Wonder. Intrigue. An opportunity that once manifested provides the greatest sense of vitality and commitment. Passion does not seek you out; rather it’s a personal discovery. All our great achievements begin with passion and dedication – letting the breath of life consume your being and allow you to consider the unique purpose destined for you alone. Without this generated manifestation to rise above our own inefficiencies, accomplishment is empty – hollow – easily obtained and little fulfillment once reached.

With that said, I turn the direction now to a guest writer this week. When I asked this person to submit his personal reflection, his response was this: Chrissy- Thank you for your invitation to write a post for Plan B. I know how passionate you are about it so it means a lot that you would ask me to be a part of it. Your passion, in fact, is what inspired me to write this post. I know that it doesn't really offer anything specifically from a man's perspective but it seemed relevant to the mood of the website. I hope you like it. – Matt

Like Matt? Try love. You summed up with conviction what each of us should feel each day, inspiring our direction of achievement, accomplishment, and to answer the question ourselves before its too late – did we live with Passion?

Pursue with Passion by M. Tidwell

Passion. It's a word we hear but rarely use. It's something we see and admire, but never pursue. Why? Is life really so ho- hum that we can't find anything to be passionate about? Are we so bold as to assume that we know and have seen so much that nothing in this world is worth putting the effort into achieving? There are 8,360,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 life sustaining, delicious water molecules in a glass of water. I think that's pretty amazing, but until this moment had never even considered such an idea. Out of the probably millions of cups of water that I've consumed in my lifetime, it had never occurred to me how spectacular a simple glass of water is. We walk by the magnificence of this world many times a day without as much as a second glance.
So what's the relevance? We walk through our lives the same way. Without appreciation. This life was not given to us to waste away in the 9-5 hustle simply acting as a cog in some multinational corporate machine. Now, that's not to say that you can't be passionate about your job. Of course you can. But the moral of the story is to be passionate about something. Be passionate about knitting, be passionate about feeding the world, be passionate about your children, your Church, your family, your friends. Whatever. But whatever you do, don't stay asleep. The world is here for the taking and all you have to do is find what you love and do it every day. I challenge you to pick up an old hobby. Do something you have never done before. Do something you never thought you could do. I promise you that it will change your life for the better, and maybe someone else's.

"If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you."- T. Allen Armstrong

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