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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Passionate kick (or should I say hop!) in the pants!

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

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Welcome bog hoppers! I am excited to be opening my doors and meeting some new people. You have joined me during Passion Week here at Everyday Bliss. Today is all about finding what makes you come alive!

Picking up on my question from Monday, I've been over here practically obsessing about what the heck it is I am "on the verge of doing." I have a huge want to do something uniquely personal and productive. I have always thought this might mean inventing something or coming up with a killer business idea. Then I read something on Christine Kane's blog in an article by Sue Ludwig entitled Chasing Coolness -why the world needs you. The article started with a quote I have heard before but in hind site have certainly not internalized.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Howard Thurman
I have been concentrating very hard on finding the "right thing" and I realize I have been neglecting this first step. I have not been getting present to the very things that make me come alive. 

As I type this I am laughing because I am so far removed from what those things are I don't even have a direction... Let's I do know I feel very alive when I am planning a surprise for my sweetie, I feel alive when I am on a fun outing with my girl, I feel alive when I am gathering with old and new friends. I feel alive when I pull off something unexpected, something that might have looked impossible before doing it. I feel alive when I am in the middle of difficult conversations about the world we live in. I feel alive when I am traveling or when I am in nature... I 'm getting there...  I am going to keep working on this....

One of the things that makes me feel most alive is meeting people. I just noticed that I started my other blog because I was missing the light and fun interactions all the mommy bloggers appeared to be having. Over on Everyday Mommy I have been participating in memes and all sorts of blog hops but I have restrained myself over here, feeling like doing so would take me "off purpose." Being so concerned about keeping the blog's purpose has actually sucked a little of the fun out for me. I think things have gotten kind of stodgy. I hope to be inspirational but I certainly don't need to be so serious ALL THE TIME! 

I think it is time for me to get out and meet some bloggy neighbors so today I'm going to play the blog hop game. I'm going to make sure I visit all of my favorite places and I am also going to join a couple hops. I'm going to go visit places I've been neglecting lately and get back to the mingling I so enjoy. If you care to join me, I'll be hopping along with these parties today!

Bassgiraffe's Thoughts Thursday Blog Hop  

If you are commenting today please tell me what makes you come alive!

Next Post: Some Passionate Fragments

My 13 bliss virtues are 
joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, 
romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.

This week we are exploring  Passion. 
Next week is all about Whimsy


  1. Interesting concept. Thanks for stopping by and I'm your new follower. Thanks!

  2. Once again, I find us on the same path! The world needs people who have come alive...YES YES!! :) Albeit quite small and deserving of more, I honored you today in my blog post (

  3. Blogging is what makes me come Alive!
    I'm stopping by from Talkative Thursday Blog Hop! I'm a new follower and would love if you would follow my blogs!

    ~The Simple Jocabell Life~
    ~Simply Fitting Into Life...and my old jeans~


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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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