Is there something in your life that you are truly passionate about?
Maybe it’s singing, dancing, being a life or a business coach, travelling. Maybe it’s being the best mother, or father, or grandparent that you can be. Maybe you want to make a real difference and aspire to change the world. Whatever it is, you find that whenever you’re talking about or doing this thing or things, you literally feel your energy rising. When you talk about it, your voice may rise or speed up, you might even start talking with your hands, the excitement is obvious. You can’t help the smile from coming to your face, and the overall “feel good” feeling goes right to your bones. Aaaahhhh, you start to smile just thinking about the next time you’ll experience it.
There are a few things that I’m passionate about and I like to keep visions of these things in the back of my mind, ready for quick recall, especially for cases when I’m doing something I’m a bit less passionate about. Like paying the bills, or raking the lawn. For some of you, gardening and raking the lawn might be something you’re passionate about as you love your garden. For me, I love my garden but raking the lawn is a chore that simply has to be done and while I love the end result, I might bring up visions of my next golf game while I’m moving from the front yard to the back to complete the raking. Yup, as soon as I’m done the back yard, I’m outta here and off to the golf course. And a smile crosses my face. See ya in a few hours honey.
Passion is one of the most pleasant emotions we experience. Dr. Bruce Lipton writes about the Honeymoon Effect and that experience of complete joy that we walk around with while we’re in a honeymoon period, and it’s a period full of passion. Whether it was the honeymoon period associated with a new relationship or marriage, or a new car or a new job, we remember those periods as the best days of our lives. And they were probably the healthiest times of our life as well.
So what if we lived every day doing something we’re passionate about, even if only for a few minutes? What if we made that commitment to ourselves to do something every day that we were passionate about, or to take steps to living a childhood dream? My belief is that if we were to do this, many of our problems or perceived problems would simply fall away. Every chore, every difficulty that we encounter would become seemingly less difficult as we pulled forth the memory of the last event or the anticipation of the next time we would engage in the particular activity. A quick pause and a couple of deep breaths in the middle of that unwanted but necessary task might be just what the doctor ordered.
You might even find that paying attention to this passion takes you to heights you never thought you could have achieved. I’m sure many authors and sports stars began with a passion and a dream, but no real understanding of what they could become. They worked through whatever obstacles presented themselves and just kept moving forward in the direction of their dreams. As they look back, I think it would be safe to say that they’re glad they followed their passion.
A few years back a video was making its way around the internet. Dr Randy Pausch was a very well-liked and respected university professor at Carnegie-Mellon who was dying of cancer and knew he had only a few weeks to live. He wrote and videotaped his “Last Lecture” about “Really Living Your Childhood Dreams”. This was the message that he wanted to stand at the top of the mountaintops and scream to everyone that would listen. The passion in his lecture was amazing, and the message he left for his kids and the rest of us was truly inspirational. If you missed it, view it here. The video was viewed around the world by millions of people and really made the world stop and pay attention. As I think back on my life journey, this may well have been one of the moments that changed my life.
On a personal note, I have written in a few blogs about my personal journey with an autoimmune condition, and how it was a huge wake-up call for me. Over the last couple years I have really started living my life with a passion, a passion to help people wake up before they get a wake-up call that they don’t want to receive. I have learned so much about what causes disease and other conditions and some of the things that we can do to truly live our best lives and keep our minds, bodies and souls in a condition where disease can not exist. I want to scream from every rooftop and mountain top about my beliefs – how we can understand and shed our limiting beliefs and live our childhood dreams, how we can face fear and stare uncertainty in the face and ask them to move out of the way as we are able to move past them, how living our lives from our authentic truth is so important to our health and well being, how we are all here to STEP into our greatness, and how we can eradicate disease from society. That’s what my last lecture would be, and what the heck, why not start giving it now.
One of my favorite quotes came from “The Last Lecture”:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
What would your last lecture be? Or what will your legacy be? If you know what it is and you’re living it to the fullest, don’t change a thing. If you know what you’d like it to be and haven’t quite stepped into it, there’s no time like the present to start.
Will you live your life with passion?
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