The Good Use of Passion

Passion used correctly is a positive tool for doing good for others. People like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates have all used their passions for the greater good of others. And yet they are only a few of the most notable. Because we all have passions. We also have the ability within us to turn those passions into something great for mankind. Easy? No. Doable? You bet.

To make passion work, you must make it work for both yourself and others. For passion to be positive, it needs to flow. Take a lesson from the river Jordan. The sea of Galilee thrives because it allows the Jordan River to flow through it. This allows the sea to have an abundance of sea life, fishing, trade, and commerce. The sea does well for those who live around it, making their lives better because it is open to the flow.

Look at the other end of the river, and what do you have? The Dead Sea. All of the good that happens in the Sea of Galilee is missing from the Dead Sea. And one small item which is missing causes this. The Dead Sea does not have flow. Everything going to the Dead Sea stays there. Because it is stuck in the Dead Sea and has nowhere to go (no flow,) nothing grows.

And, this is an object life lesson which we can avoid if we want our passion to grow and if we’re going to help others. We can create a flow of our passion and our knowledge from us to others. The best thing we can do to create this flow is to help others to leverage off of what we’ve created so that they can go forth and do even better. It is in the creation of these win-win situations that our passion finds its true potential and the ability to grow a life of its own.

I have a funny feeling that somebody is reading this and saying, “That sounds good, but I can’t give things away, I have to make a profit.”

And yes, everybody has to live and to do so everyone has to earn. Yet when I look at people such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, all the way back to Michelangelo and beyond, I don’t think that what they have shared with billions has ever hurt their bottom line. Remember, none of these people had a significant stake to start with, and yet no one can deny the greatness that they have done for both themselves and for others.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Passion

We discussed feelings. Feelings are our emotions, telling us what we like and what we don’t like. Then we talked about caring. Caring is like emotions, only you can care for anything. And you can care for things in various ways with different levels of how important the item or thought you care for is. Now we need to talk about what happens when you really care.

When you really care, you can feel a visceral experience where you just know what must happen and what you have to do. This experience is called passion. And passion is important because its intensity is the motivator. Passion makes you want to get things done. With passion in the driver seat, you are going places. You just need to ensure that it is what you want to do and where you want to go. I say this because there is also a danger involved with passion.

Passion is a two-edged sword. While passion makes you believe that the whole world believes with you, and the thing you want to happen is the same thing that everyone wants to have. However, in this world of over 7 ½ billion inhabitants, getting everybody together on something is a highly unlikely action.

We often see passions failures on the news. A person who is willing to kill everyone to have the wife he wants. The person who believes that anyone not believing like him or her needs to be eliminated. The person who believes that donning a vest and blowing up themselves and others are the will of the higher deity. False bravado pitifully fails to define these heinous acts which were perpetrated by gullible people in the wrong beliefs of passion.

Before we discount passion as a danger to humanity, we need to take a look at the other side of this valuable gem. When two people fall in love together and work together to make their lives better, passion is a great thing. The men who went to the moon started out earning a couple of hundred dollars a month. No one was in it for the money, or the notoriety, or the fame. The first man to step on the moon was actually an introvert. They did it because there was a passion For learning new knowledge from somewhere man had never been.  

Passion helps us to do what needs to be done. It helps us to protect, to aid, to go over and above what an average person can accomplish, and hopefully do good for ourselves and for others. We just need to make sure we are on the proper side of passion.

In this blog, I did not mean to downplay the positives of passion, nor did I want to make passion seem evil or highly dangerous. Please remember, there is good and evil in everything. That doesn’t mean the thing itself is good or bad, it just depends on how we use all of those items. Inanimate objects do not have passion. We are the ones burdened with the choice between good or evil. Please choose wisely.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Have You Found Your Passion

In our lives, we do a lot of things. Some things we do because we have to whether we like them or not. Some things we do because we are expected to do them. These things are just part of our culture, and although we do them, sometimes we don’t even know or understand what they are really about. We do things to make others happy, we do things to be social, and we do things to keep the trash from piling up either in the house or the driveway.

What do you do because it’s your passion? In other words, what you do just for the joy of doing it? Some people like to go out sailing, I have a friend who enjoys sailing a 44-foot sailboat in the ocean. I know other people who love to sail much smaller radio-controlled sailboats in a small pond. They each find joy and happiness in what they are doing.

Some people like to fly radio-controlled model aircraft, and some people want to perform aerial stunts as a member of the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels. Passion is different for different people. Some get a thrill out of climbing mountains, and some enjoy exploring caverns.

No one else can tell you what your passion is or is going to be. This is something within you. I can tell you that it is there, whether you know what it is or it is waiting to be discovered. I just cannot tell you what it is or how that connection takes place. I look at the discovery of an individual’s passion as a serendipity moment. No one can rush it.

If you have not found your passion in life yet, do not worry, it will show itself in time. In the meantime, enjoy life. Get out and explore, trying and learning about many things. Do those things you like and avoid those things you may not like. Learn new things and take care of yourself both physically and mentally. You always want to take care of yourself because you’re the only you that you have.

Don’t worry about the rest, because everything comes in time and the good things can’t be rushed.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

Passion

What drives us to do something? We see people who spend a lot of money for procuring things. Some collect old cars, others collect vintage aircraft. Others collect washing machines or sewing machines, toasters or toys or many other different things. And then, the owners spend a lot of time keeping the pieces of their collections in top shape.

The question soon becomes, “Why?” We have to think about the time and money involved and then try to understand why people would spend so much on relative wrecks from yesteryears. The truth of the matter is there is only one reason to do so. Passion!

Some people have a passion for giving back to others, whether it’s scouts or a civic group, or some other organization. Some people have a desire for a time in history or time in their life. And some people have a love for the machines of bygone eras which helped to move us forward. No matter what the thought or reason is, one thing is for sure, it is our passion for something which often drives us forward into action.

Passion held in control is a positive motivator. It can help teach and inspire others or preserve cultural history. It can save older thoughts and ideas that may not be as prevalent today. It helps to give our society diversity of what has come before.

Passion, though, must be kept in check. Passion run amuck can also be debilitating or disastrous to new ideas, and new ways of thinking. New groups with passion towards old hatreds, defeated warriors, or living with the values of archaic societies could have passions that might lead to potentially harmful interaction with today’s norms.

As we enjoy the thrill of seeing our passions come to life, we must always check and ensure not to protrude onto today’s norms of society, nor upon the rights of other individuals. The nice thing is that as we grow and evolve, we are always finding new and better ways to explore both the recent past and the old.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

 

 

Staying Active Is Important

In life, the need to understand what got us to where we are is Important. The reason is simple, we need to keep growing, and the best way to do that is to stick with what works. The world doesn’t stop to rest and say that it has done enough. The world keeps on moving and growing, learning and capitalizing upon what is known. If we are to stay relevant, we need to stay abreast of the new knowledge and understand how it works with what we already know.

Many times, as people succeed, they wish to sit back in the comfortable chair. They want to enjoy what they’ve done and the rewards they have reaped. And yet you take a look at those who do more and live longer and have more productive lives, the one thing you notice is they are always active. They have their schedules and their standard routine which they stick to on a regular basis.

My mom is 88 years old. Although my mom has her fair share of health concerns, she still does the laundry on a weekly basis. If you look to the actors of Hollywood, beloved actors who last the longest are those who stay active and keep to their routines.  Some of the biggest names in finance, live lives of simplicity and routine.

Having a passion for capitalizing upon, a daily routine we do our best to follow regardless of the situations, and having the desire to learn and know more, are the tools that help us stay active and feel engaged. We should never give up on ourselves. And we should always remember, it’s all the little things which add up to give us a great life.

Thank you for being with me today, I look forward to being with you again tomorrow.

In the meantime, have some fun and don’t forget to smile. It makes everybody wonder what you’re up to.