So tell me? What’s your passion? What are you passionate about? What brings you so much joy that you can spend hours upon hours doing? Passion I believe is something you can while away your day with and not realize that the time is passing by. I love books, reading and getting stuck into them – I also love spending time with people I love, I get so in the moment with them, I don’t check my watch. Do you get that?? This can be quite stressful when I realize that I should actually be leaving to be somewhere else, like taking my daughter to her calisthenics class or my son to his basketball game, or my mum to her appointment.
Cooking on the other hand is definitely not my passion! I just can’t see the sense in spending hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm and then eat it all within much less time and to finish off having to clean the kitchen up. Plus I often forget ingredients or go off into another room and forget about the cooking…. (my family has many stories about my cooking skills!). I am known to listen to podcasts or watch inspirational videos on Youtube whilst cooking and then forget about the task at hand - the pot... arghh it's burnt, again! :) Okay, okay, I hear the loud protests from all the master chefs as they read this.
Some time ago I connected with a 25-fold (definitely more by now) internationally published author - Horst Blaich, the father of a very dear friend of mine. He regularly publishes family newsletters and has published his and his wife’s family life stories. Every time I see Horst, we get talking about our writing experiences. He told me about how his decades-old archive of writing materials, photographs and more that went up in smoke years ago, which was devastating not to say the least. He painstaking managed to salvage and re-organize some of the remains. What a painful task it must have been - to see your lifework destroyed like that.
What does all this have to do with passion? Whilst Horst was talking to me, I noticed (especially when he showed me his books and the room where he keeps everything), how his voice changed. I noticed how his eyes lit up. He was so excited and animated – I realized that he was very, very passionate about his writing. This was a very profound discovery for me, as I sometimes doubt my passions. He told me that he often wakes up in the middle of the night to spend his time writing. In fact I believe he spends most of his time writing, researching, formatting and everything that goes with it. Simply pure passion, that can at times be seen as an obsession by outsiders.
A lot of his writing is about family and family history. Your passion is closely aligned with your values in life. So for Horst, one of his top values would be ‘family’. What are you passionate about? What are your values? How are they aligned? You should discover similarities between your passions and values.
Over the many years, I have discovered my passions. Yes, plural, as we can have more than one passion. Sometimes they change, sometimes our passions remain the same. Some may be dormant for a while or never come to the surface. I believe that it is our life duty, to discover or re-discover our passions, it's is our life's mission to life our life according to our passions, to serve passionately.
It's my passion and life mission to serve and help others, especially women, to empower them and to inspire them to be the best version of themselves. To guide them, encourage them to create amazing lives and businesses. It's also my passion to spend time reading and growing my faith in my creator, God. Writing is a passion, spending time developing my SELF. So many passions that translate into helping others, right now through the vehicle of coaching, mentoring, serving holistically. Right now, I know that I will always want to serve others - it's my life's purpose to draw out the goodness, gifts and desires in those who I am meant to serve.
I’d love to know what you are passionate about – and if they are aligned to your values….. If you don’t know how to discover your passions or aren’t sure what you absolutely love doing (some people aren’t sure), let me know. I can point you in the right direction. In fact, I talk more extensively about passions and how to figure them out in my book, 'From Misery to Mastery – Journey to Freedom and Empowerment.’
For now, I would like to wish you time to stop and smell the roses (quite literally) and joy in embracing the possibilities that are the embodiment of this beautiful season. Use this time of changing seasons to spark some positive changes in your life and give you the courage to follow those passions.
Let me know what you think about this piece, I'd love to discover your thoughts about passion. If you like what you've read, please share it. It's my mission, as you may have noticed by now, to help as many people get what they want out of life. With your sharing it, I might just be able to reach my mission.
With so much love and passion to you, Darling.