Tuesday 19 November 2013

The Elements of Passion (Part 2)

Hello. Am hopeful that your willingness to read through this little piece of literature will be rewarded with the burning sensation to express the true you or the “other self” as Mother Theresa calls it. I pray this assertion made by Orison Swett Marden become true for you: No true man can live, when he has genuinely learnt that it is a half life. The other half, the higher half, must haunt him.
Passion of the Christ
Still discussing the Elements of Passion!     
Passion is intense emotion, compelling interest, enthusiasm, or desire for something.
Pause for a moment and sincerely answer these questions:
  1.  What makes me cry and sincerely want to be a part of?
  2. What work will I do gladly without being paid?
  3. What will bring me the greatest fulfilment when engaged in it?
If your responses are unbiased, then most likely you have identified your passion.
Passion… your passion will definitely always have more influence on you and your environs than your personality.
Why do we quickly remember men like Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Luther King Jr., Socrates, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison etc.?.... their passion. Because most likely you have forgotten how they physically look like or what they possess but not their impact.
You will be remembered more for the expression of your passion than for any other thing.
Carl Buechner said, “they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
You have got to find and settle for the “why” you arrived here on planet earth, encoded with a divine DNA – a specific set of talents, gifts, opportunities, connections, and sensitivities.
An Orchestra Conductor
Listen, there is music in you, a song you were destined to sing, or an instrument you were destined to play in the symphony of life.
This is what makes all the meaning. It’s what makes life worthwhile.
One of the undoing of Africa is that very few do their work or anything with genuine interest and passion. It’s rather done with a sense of survival than the interest of significance.
In moving forward as a continent we have got to educate ourselves that beyond immediate gratification, legacy is paramount.
Che Guavara, the Bolivian Revolutionist puts it this way, “we cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.”
But what are you willing to die for? What are you willing to give up everything for? Friend, only when you have found answers to these questions, will life be worth living.
It is this thing… this passion that will move you beyond yourself, beyond your shortcoming, beyond your failures.
Find your passion and you have found your true source of influence.
A sage writes, “When you’re following your energy (passion) and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.
The sculptor Pablo Picasso narrates a personal account:
My mother said to me, “if you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and ended up as Picasso! 
So what have they told you, you can become and what have you decided or discovered you will become.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “Passion is the genesis of genius.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

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