Passion is a great thing to have, to an extent. We are all passionate about something. Passion, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means:
- the emotions as distinguished from reason.
- intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.
- a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.
I read this interesting article yesterday by writer Brianna Wiest: 7 Things You're Relying On In Life That Are Holding You Back."
On passion, Wiest wrote:
"Passion is such a heavily used buzzword when it comes to defining what makes for meaningful and aspirational work. When people say "pursue your passion," what they really mean is to find something you care about enough to work on consistently.
Passion is emotion-based, and therefore, unpredictable if not fleeting. If you rely on passion to propel you through your life's work, you will be constantly at the whim of it. Cultivating principles means adopting behaviors that consistently work you toward your goals, whether or not you always "feel" like it."
This resonated with me. "Cultivating principles that consistently work you toward your goals (and gifts), whether or not you always feel like it." The passion gets us going, but the purpose and our principles and our gifts will keep us on the right track and help us to achieve what we set out to do.
At the end of the article, Wiest goes on to talk about happiness. She says we shouldn't rely on arriving at our next goal before we let ourselves be happy. Yes, yes, yes!
"If you were not able to sit back, sip your coffee this morning and enjoy the day ahead of you, you will not be able to do so no matter how wealthy, successful, in shape, popular or admired you become.
It is one of our most devastating failures that we have convinced ourselves that life begins on the other end of our achievements. It doesn't. Happiness is not something we earn, it is something we become. Life unfolds from the inside out – not the other way around."
You can be in a situation that seems unfair or not ideal and still have joy for the overall picture, to see beyond the current circumstance. Joy is the bigger picture. Choose joy. Every. Single. Day.
I love what Wiest writes in this article. It's a good and quick read if you get a chance to read it (you can find it here!) She also has a couple of books that might fancy your interest, one in particular:
Let's cultivate principles that consistently guide us toward -- and help us to use -- our gifts. And let's try to choose joy every day. (If you missed it, I wrote a short essay on Joy and Happiness a while ago too: read that one here!)
Happy week! :)