Today. I am exposing some of my less than stellar traits. Don’t judge me please. Remember that no one is perfect.
Yesterday I did not blog because I finally undecorated my house from Christmas. I had taken the outside lights down on New Year’s day so the neighbors didn’t think I was going to leave them up all year. The inside stuff didn’t bother me. and no one was coming over, so I took a few extra days of vacation. Now you know I can procrastinate. You might also infer that I don’t like to clean house You are correct,
The second secret I‘m revealing is that I LOVE fast food. I am only admitting this because what I want to write about today I found on a packet of hot sauce from Taco Bell. Inspiration is all around us!. The phrase on the packer read “do it with passion or not at all”. I must admit that my first reaction to the word “passion” had to do with lust. Once I moved away from that train of thought, I saw passion as a gift of character that expresses itself in energy, creativity, focus, perseverance and joy. The focus could be anything: art, parenting, politics, service, making money, being healthy, religion. Passionate people discover something they love, work hard at making it their life’s work and are fulfilled in that process.
I think of Mother Teresa serving the poor in India, Bill Gates developing computers and then becoming a philanthropist, Billy Graham preaching about salvation, YoYo Ma playing his cello. These are all famous people whose gift has led to fame. I can also think of ordinary people, in my life, who are focused and making a difference in their world.
Who do you picture when you think of a passionate person? Have you found your passion? What is it? I am disappointed when I ask myself these questions. While I like to think of myself as passionate about several issues, my behavior doesn’t portray that energy. If I were to ask family or friends what they believe I am focused and excited about I wonder what they would say? I’m a little afraid to ask.
S0, what are the implications when a person has a gift, a talent or a skill and doesn’t use it? Since my word for this year is “Stewardship” I need to pay attention to that question.