Tuesday, March 22, 2011


"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. "

One of my blog followers suggested I write about what I am most passionate about.

Ha! One of my FAVORITE subjects.

Several years ago, let's say 2002, I was browsing the shelves of a metaphysical shop in Macon, Georgia called Harmonious Balance.

My Italian exchange student, Chiara, was with me. She was preparing to go home soon, and this was our last little day out together. I came across a little basket of stones. Each tiny stone (about the size of your fingertip) had a word on it. The first one I pulled out read, "Passion." I grabbed it and immediately purchased it.

As we were walking out the door, I pulled Chiara aside and said, "I have something for you. It is so important. I want you to take this stone and keep it with you always. It says Passion - and at the end of the day, that's the only thing that matters."

It's true.

I think if the passion is gone - what is the point?

Maybe I think this way because I am a creative/tortured soul type. Maybe because most writers are a bit on the "emotional" side. Or maybe, I get it. Passion to me = Life well lived.

But that is not the point of my follower wanted me to write about. She wanted me to discuss WHAT am I passionate about.

Well..  let's see if I can take a crack at it:

1. God. Of yes - don't be fooled. Underneath the snide remarks and the profanity from time to time - I am a spiritual person. I get most of my INSPIRATION from reading about God and his love for the world. So - my spirituality makes me passionate.

2. Original thought. I am completely inspired when I surround myself with people who have the ability to think deeply. I even view reading books from "way back when" is an excellent way to get into the mind of the most brilliant people who have ever walked the earth.

3. Culture. I think being exposed to other nationalities, personalities, art form, language, foods, music, etc. is one of the single most important things a person can do in their life. You learn so much about your perception of reality.

4. Issues I am passionate about: Human Trafficking, Human rights, Animal Rights, Arts education.

5. Finally - when it comes to love - Passion must rule.

What about you? What gets your heart pumping and your soul filled?


Dawn said...

Great Post! :-D

When I suggested the "topic" I started to think seriously about what I was most passionate about.

For me if would have to be God.

Even though at times,like yourself, I make snide comments or use profanity but that is being human. His love for us is so overwhelming and powerful. His forgiveness. His Mercy and His Grace. I am not worthy.

My passion is for the world to know Him. To accept Him. To love Him like He loves us. To forgive as He forgives us.

God is my strength, my life and my passion! Without Him I am nothing.

Anonymous said...

I'm passionate about growth and development - not physically, but spiritually. One of my favorite authors to read for this is Madeleine L'Engle. Eve though her books aren't marketed as such, I always feel myself growing and developing spiritually whenever I read her books, especially her non-fiction titles. She is awesome. I wish she were still here. I would've loved to have met her.

Dafeenah said...

Injustice. There is so much in this world today. Much more than people realize.

Leslie Limon said...

One of the reasons I love reading your blog is that you put so much passion into each of your posts.

You are a very inspiring woman.

As far as my passions, well...I'll have to get back to you. Besides being passionate about my faith in God and my passion for my family, I still have a few things to figure out. :P

Valerie said...

Passion for those "here and now" moments when you realize there is no where else you'd rather be, nothing else you'd rather be doing, and no one else you'd rather be with. They are rare, fleeting, but worth taking a moment to let them fill your soul.

You get this, I know.

My touch stone for this (since you mentioned the store) is Tourmaline.

becca said...

what gets my heart pumping this right great writing i get a thrill out of reading great thoughts and stories. I walk into a bookstore or libary and i totally feel alive. yes i know weird.


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