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Monday, October 12, 2009

Let's get passionate

PASSION - a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire.

This topic does not lend itself to a quick and easy Google search. There are many links providing tips at encouraging passion in one's children but interestingly once one becomes an adult passion begins to look like something that might need to be reigned in.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
I particularly like the idea of "extravagant fondness" as noted in my definition of PASSION and don't want to reign in anything. Passion attached to love or sexual desire quickly leads to erotica, which while interesting in its own right, is not what I am considering in this investigation.  While it is clear that someone's passion for art or passion for danger could net potentially very different results, I am interested in exploring the kind of passion that makes a person excited to be alive without any debilitating effects.

This week's  "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me.  However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about,"  even if you only follow along,  and never take on any of the bliss initiatives,  I expect some positive results. I will be exploring and encouraging PASSION this way:
  • Study - Each week my exploration includes study. This week, however, I haven't yet figured out, besides the usual internet surfing, what specifically I will be studying. I am interested in adding a passionate novel to my reading list but haven't selected a title yet. Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted!
  • Make a list -  Muse about the things you are passionate about. What used to be on your list but has been receiving little attention as of late? What would you like to put on your list but just haven't had the time to do so? After making your list choose at least one area and take some action towards having MORE of that passion in your life. For inspiration take a look at the AARP's list of 50 Things to be Passionate About with ideas to get you started!
  • Field Work - There are two aspects of my field work this week. The first is to generally amp up the discussion of PASSION in my daily life. I will be polling my friends, finding out what they are passionate about and what they do to fuel those passions. Second, I will examine my own passions and see what may be needed to encourage experiencing every delicious nuance!
  •  Get in the mood for Passion - I will be reading a passionate poem or reading about another's expression of passion each morning. Here is today's offering from

Passion by Marisa Taylor

Passion for the stars
Passion for the ocean
A moment of passion so easily shared,
With no fear o regret.
Passion is the eagerness to wake up with the light

A moment of passion I'll never forget
My passion found me
And what is my passion?
Passion and lust takes my mind

Passion the power to love,
The speed of passion: Furios
Passion is something you see
Passion its something you are.

More information about the poem Passion

      More information about the poet Maria Luisa Taylor
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        1. I also thought of creative problem solving.

        2. I got my commenting confused. I meant to say on this post that you might want to read Julia's Chocolates.I just finished that book and found a wonderful, though subtle sense of passion there.


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        Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

        • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
        • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
        • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
        • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
        • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
        • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
        • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
        • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
        • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
        • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
        • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
        • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
        • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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