PASSION: Defining your “why”…
Recently, I was perusing my Pinterest feed and did a search for inspirational quotes. I saw many from the usual suspects—Maya Angelou, Oprah, Ghandi, MLK Jr., and the like—but I came across this gem from Fabienne Fredrickson, “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” It really struck a chord with me and I thought on it for days. What is the meaning of this? What are my passions? Are they in-line with what my life is? With what my career is? Agh! Stress alert! Thank you, Pinterest, for once again making me feel like I’m failing at life.
I am what you would call an “effective procrastinator”. Trust me, it’s a thing. No, really… (http://positivesharing.com/2006/11/how-to-procrastinate-effectively/) So, when I am mulling over something, I tend to push the “it” aside and do something else I have been procrastinating, like cleaning. Or, laundry. Or, anything that is not the “it”. And, it’s usually while I am actively not doing the “it”, that the “it” suddenly becomes clear to me. Such is the case with trying to figure out my passion.
While I can honestly say that I am a work-in-progress, there are a few things I know about myself that are constants. I am passionate about truth, first and foremost. Whether that is truth in what I say, how I behave, or how I conduct myself in business, I always strive for truth. Except at the DMV. No one needs to know how much I really weigh. I am passionate about joy. I love nothing more than making people laugh, often at my own expense. I am passionate about justice, making sure that things are right and fair. (Please don’t tell my children this!) And, I am passionate about stories. I love knowing what’s behind the people I admire and the things I think are cool.
Once I figured these things out, I thought about how these fit into what I do every day. Do these truths fit in with the way I mother? With the way I relate to my guy? With the way I operate in business? And, most of the time they do.
Earlier today, I asked Jenny what she’s passionate about. She is NOT a procrastinator, so she sent me her response right away.
I am passionate about my family and the people I surround myself with everyday. I want the best for them and am always striving to be the best wife, mother, step-mother, daughter and friend I can be.
I am passionate about being an entrepreneur. I am passionate about making connections and networking to grow our business. I am grateful for the opportunity clients and potential clients have given us to listen to their business needs and then provide them with solutions.
Her reply just affirmed how grateful I am to work with such an awesome gal. Not only does she, too, strive for authenticity in all she does, but she also feels like we are the luckiest girls on the block—our passions have grown into our callings and we couldn’t be more humbled that our clients trust us with theirs.
What are YOU passionate about? What are your truths? What makes you feel joy? What angers you? How do you want to spend your days? How DO you spend your days? If you’re not loving what you learn about yourself, remember, you can change. Each day is a new opportunity to begin living a life you love. As my wise friend, F. Scott once said, “It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be… Start whenever you want.”