When we are passionate, we feel free from external constraints and feel free to invest time and energy into our lives. Work is no longer work, but play. When we speak and act with passion, there is both an internal and external magnetism. Sometimes we find our passion but do not follow it—or sometimes we lose it and try to reclaim it as I write in my poem “Resurrection.”
I admire many people. Their magnetic energy draws me to them, and I am compelled to draw from their exuding of energy, the intensity of their endeavors, their joie de vivre. They follow their heart. Several people in my lifetime have made an impact on me. There is my friend Ralph, the criminal trial lawyer. I could forever just sit and listen to his tales of trial preparation, the recap of court dialogue and cross-examination, and the exciting behind-the-scenes events that no one else gets to hear. He is exhilarated when he relays the story of his well-prepared case. I am star stricken listening to him.
And my friend, the pastor whom I call Father George. He tells me that his passions are “teaching, Jesus, learning…” Father George’s passions go beyond teaching. He is an example of doing. His passion is “being there.” Being there at the bedside of your neighbor at 2 a.m. when you let him know she is dying. Being there with a truck to load up furniture you need to haul away. Being there with his freshly-baked juicy peach pie for you because he believes that the ultra-flaky crust and aroma of juicy peaches will surely lead you to Jesus.
Passion lies in all of us, just waiting to be claimed and followed. I asked my friend Meg Thompson, a kind and thoughtful person, to think about her passion. Meg is a doer and follows her heart. Meg replies: “Now about my passion. Hmm. Your question made me ponder on my life since I couldn't immediately think of my passion. I believe music would be my passion. I had a diversion loving bicycling as much as music and now it is music…I'll ponder on how my life is affected by music.” Meg has a warm, beautiful voice with a positive affinity for singing. Her enthusiasm radiates, her passion captivates.
One would think that a Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee would claim songwriting as his passion. However, with a voice as sweet as an angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRyjHRdR2Ko, rock singer and songwriter Rick Roberts claims baseball as his passion. You can read his blog here—“I Love Baseball.” Rick has boundless energy, enthusiasm, and the joie de vivre so attractive and compelling. He did not let a horrendous injury several years ago keep him grounded. Rick went on to extend his writing as an author of Song Stories and Other Left-Handed Recollections and is finishing writing his second book.
Passion is what makes life interesting. How do you define your passion? Let me know.
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
–Vincent van Gogh