Following passion

I am very excited about the fact that we can choose who we become. We cannot always choose our circumstances – we can choose how we respond to them.

alive girl

I feel that as I am challenged by setting up my own business I am stretched, I am moving out of comfort zones, fearful and there is much that is difficult. I am waking up at 5 in the morning at the moment and could do with some more sleep! Yet I feel alive, excited, vibrant. I sense that this vibrancy shows I am heading in the right direction, that of becoming more ‘me’. There is no dread attached to the fear.

I believe that if we choose the options in life which make us feel alive and excited (even if scared) then we are moving in the direction of fulfilment. If we take choices which fill us with dread then we are moving in the direction of deadness.

Ignatian spirituality has a similar concept. It speaks of God’s voice being like water seeping into a sponge, whereas the wrong voice is like water splashing in a loud way on to rocks. Or the difference between being drawn and being driven.

When I do things that I’m passionate about, like seeing people develop, I know that my eyes light up and I become excited. My mother is excited by (amongst other things) her grandchildren and creating beautiful flower arrangements. A friend of mine is excited by numbers. We are all so different.

Imagine what the world would be like if we were all following our passions!

COLOURFUL CURTAINS
Sometimes we need to put our own ‘wants’ on hold, for the good of someone that is dependent on us. But far more often I think we use these things as excuses. It is easier to keep things as they are. Living a fulfilled life is a radical act. It can be uncomfortable. But also about life in its fullness. And us at our best. It will include giving and loving and serving, but in a way that does not deaden us. Not a mediocre life.

There’s a great quotation:

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

– Harold Thurman Whitman

ACTION CHALLENGE: Ask yourself what makes you come alive. What makes your face light up? What are your passions? How large a part of your life are these things and how could you make them more? Try to incorporate some of the little things into daily life.

I believe that if we choose the options in life which make us feel alive and excited (even if scared) then we are moving in the direction of fulfilment. If we take choices which fill us with dread then we are moving in the direction of deadness.

Ignatian spirituality has a similar concept. It speaks of God’s voice being like water seeping into a sponge, whereas the wrong voice is like water splashing in a loud way on to rocks. Or the difference between being drawn and being driven.

My career coaching programme helps to identify your passions and use that information to explore career options. Would this be helpful to you? This link gives more detail or contact me here to find out more.

Over to you

What makes you come alive? Leave your comments below.


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