We just completed one of our weekend seminars where we help people find their passions – what they care about most. When passions are buried, this can be a difficult process.
We observe people who have buried their passions. What we see are people who Pursue Things like money, fame, prestige, lifestyle, or happiness. Or they pursue absolutely nothing at all – life is just a practicality, you must work to eat. As a society, we frequently distance ourselves from our emotions, and thus our passions, so the previous list may seem quite normal to you. And some of you might even be thinking, “What else is there?”
When people come to our event, we uncover things that they really care about. They say things like, “I can’t stand it when I see such and such,” or “Now, that would really excite me if I created a change in this area.”
And when some of the folks are uncovering their passions for the first time, and they land on something with emotional oomph they could pursue, they may still say, “I never thought about this. This is really new,” and “I’m going to have to check this out.”
This new endeavor often is different from what they were pursuing, and it takes some adjustment. When you live without passion for so long, considering making an impact based on passions seems pretty foreign. It’s a whole new paradigm.
The new paradigm, though, is so much more satisfying. When we focus on ourself and pursue things for our pleasure, all that pursuit gets buried with us when we are gone from this earth, there’s not much left behind. In the final moments of our life we will wonder what was the point of it all. However, when we pursue things that live on long after we are gone, and those things are positive, uplifting and life giving, we will feel like we finished well.
What are you pursuing in life?
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