Friday, January 28, 2011

Beyond ‘Passion’ to a Better Everyday

“You grow (and thrive!) by doing what excites you and what scares you everyday, not by trying to find your passion.”

~Derek Sivers.

Baby step dreams is what this is all about. Many people go through life thinking a great existence of achieved dreams has deserted them. Maybe we’re just overcomplicating things.

The song, I Dreamed a Dream, famed to Susan Boyle, captures this beautifully when she sings the last line, “My life has killed the dream I’ve dreamed.” Lost hopes characterise too many lives.

What goal is it that satisfies itself in frustration? There’s something wrong with finding the passion that we feel will break open the world for us. We see it in our heart’s eye, but it constantly eludes us. Are we defined by someone else’s dream?

More Meaningful Purpose

A big purpose in life can actually be small. That’s not to underrate it.

It’s all about how we’re willing to start, and then continue. We don’t need to be windswept by rapturous acclaim at the inception of our ‘grand’ plans. We just need to sow into the things that interest us—the exciting and scary (both pushing us healthily in courage).

What’s really sown is a life of faith; the trust of doing little things that tends toward hope for bigger things. Any ‘dream life’ is going to take years if not decades—or even an entire lifetime—to build. Faith to not give up is what’s required. And it’s never too late to start.

Only a truly meaningful purpose will see us enduring all the little and large challenges on our way there.

Life Lost to Itself

How often honestly does it occur that room is reclaimed for a secret life that allows the person living it to just enjoy the simplest of pleasures in achievement?

The world’s ideas of success have to be let go of. What would they know anyway regarding what’s important to us? There’s far too much comparison-breeding-envy going on. That’s the world for us. Immerse a human being in the world and envy will naturally result. Best is removing our clemency to envy and covetousness.

Lives lost to themselves are not perturbed by what others have. They see a unique standard that can be approached—maybe one that nobody else values—and they focus on that alone. Contentment is achievable. So are goals.

Starting small in our quiet corner can realise some incredible results.

Setting out to find ‘our passion’ can be a tormenting experience. Instead, keep it simple. Stay interested.

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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