No! I can't live without that list staring back at me keeping me motivated.
That's what I said, until asked this question:
What's your passion?
Quick, don't think. First thing in your head will do. I need an answer.
What's your passion?
Are you surprised?
When this question was put to a group of friends recently,
one man said history, a woman shared her love of sewing,
and another lived to learn.
They all had one thing in common.
None worked in their passion.
Nope. Not even close.
A few accepted this as an unfortunate fact of grown up life.
Others, shocked by their answers, gained insight.
Slaving for years and unhappy in their profession,
the reason for their lack of fulfillment hit them between the eyes
like a two by four.
Truth delivered with blinding force hurts.
Work without passion is just a job.
And a life without passion isn't living.
I know, bummer.
There's nothing wrong with a job.
It's what pays the mortgage and feeds the kids,
but our souls require nourishment as well.
How did these talented people land in this predicament?
Not true goals.
Theirs were lists handed to them full of should and must be.
What does the world know about your desires and dreams?
Only you own that knowledge.
To reconnect with your authentic self,
toss your old goals and let honest dreams form.
Nature fills a void.
For the next two weeks,
allow your life to take it's course naturally.
You are not allowed to work on your old goals.
Think of it as a vacation or fact finding mission.
If you're a control freak like me,
it's scary to eschew the list and fly free.
Before you shake your head and say I've lost my mind, let me explain.
We are not dumping the idea of running a marathon
or passing the bar exam,
we're only giving ourselves time to reevaluate.
Opening up possibilities.
If the goal is part of you, nothing will pry it from your heart.
Trust the universe to speak and bring your true nature to light.
There's a catch to all of this soul searching.
Once you find your passion, live it.
Record your findings in your journal,
and please share your comments with the rest of us.
Thank you for taking the leap.