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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Find your passion and become it!

PASSION - a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire. [Passion Week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

I am entirely thrilled to have Vanessa from Optimal Optimist stopping by to chime in on this week's virtue. If you have ever been over to her blog you know this is a perfect topic for her. When I was contemplating the idea of guest bloggers I immediately thought of Vanessa. The name of her blog shares her outlook on life and I am always blown away by the wisdom in her posts. I am certain you will enjoy!

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to be contributing to Everyday Bliss, especially for the virtue of Passion, which is something I am very passionate about. In fact, I’ve blogged about finding passion a few times myself in my own blog. But out of all of the 13 Bliss Virtues, this is the one that stands at the top for me because it really encompasses all of the others within it. Through creativity and whimsy we can find the passion in our lives, bringing us the joy and happiness that no other thing can. In looking for our passion we are in a constant state of inquiry, of finding that sense ofcommunity where we can share our vigor and enthusiasm with like-minded souls. We develop the moxie that allows us to give everything we’ve got, and through our development and successes we develop the humility andgratitude for even the little things in our lives. Sometimes passion can even lead to surprise, when we find that we end up devoting ourselves to something we never thought would be a part of our lives. And if we are lucky, passion can feed the romance that we hold so dear to our hearts. Through this newfound passion, we can establish an order in our lives that makes it feel like “just the right fit” and the peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.

Passion is something that needs to be established in as many parts of our lives as we can create it. We need to have passion for our careers, for our hobbies, for our futures, and of course, passion for life. Having the drive to do things in life motivates us to reach our goals, gives us the energy to pursue your dreams in life, and empowers us to become the best that we can be. Without that zeal, it’s really tough to take initiative and feel proud of the things we’ve accomplished.

In all of my posts I feature a quote that is related to the topic at hand and I found a really great one about passion. This is one of my favorites and really allows me to understand the importance and benefits of having passion for the things in my life, and I hope after reading, it has the same affect on you as well.

If there is no passion if your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you, and BECAUSE of you. –T.Alan Armstrong

So, do you think that you have really lived if you have no passion? That question is probably up for debate, but I think the only way to live your life to the fullest is to live it with passion. It doesn’t matter if you’ve found your passion at age 16 or at age 75, but what does matter is that you’ve found it and incorporated it into your life. The advice in this quote is really great; it is so important that we find our passion and let it into our lives…and as a result, we will see that great things will be happening all around us. Opportunities will abound and doors will be opened once we have unlocked the key to our passion. It’s amazing the things we have the ability to do, and once we find our true passion in life, our abilities will be limitless.

I’m not quite sure that I’ve found my passion yet; I think it is something that is not easy to come by…and it may not come right away. But I know that as long as I continue to search for it, great things will be happening. The hunt for this virtue is something that takes a lot of self-assessment and as I continue my search, I always find out new things about myself that I never even believed I had inside of me. Here are some of my own “bliss initiatives” that I use in my search for passion, and I invite to you to join in on them so you can be on your way to finding passion in your own life.

  • Make a list of all of the things in life that make you feel alive. What are you excited to do? What do you look forward to that keeps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning before the alarm?
  • Look for little ways to incorporate those activities into your everyday life, even if it is just for a few minutes a day.
  • Find some great books or articles about the importance of finding your passion…you may be inspired by some of the stories you find! (At the top of my reading list is “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” by Ken Robinson)
  • Invite others to join you in those activities or surround yourself with those that share in your excitement, and start building a passionate community.
  • Share your enthusiasm with others in hopes of inspiring others to start their own journey to find what they’re passionate about.

So take some time each day to reflect back on the things that make you happiest and start your journey today to find your passion in life.

Stop by my blog, Optimal Optimist, to get inspired and motivated to start your journey of thinking positively.
Keep Smiling,
Vanessa from Optimal Optimist  

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  1. I really needed to read this today! Really...fantastic post!!!!!!

  2. This is so wonderful! That quote is amazing and may be finding it's way, in part, onto my wall this evening!

  3. What a fabulous post! So much food for thought here. I really truly enjoyed this post. :) Theresa


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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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