RAOKA: Passion

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RAOKA

 

Pas­sion

 

“Never under­es­ti­mate the power of pas­sion.” ~ Eve Sawyer

Pref­ace:  Ran­dom Acts of Kick Arse is a move­ment to bring more of {monthly theme} into our lives, and the lives of those around us. 

Feb­ru­ary Theme:  Pas­sion.  Find ways to incorporate/see more pas­sion in the world.

The Results:  Pas­sion.  Today I am going to talk about me.  A look inside, and what it is that evokes that passion. 

Maybe for some of you, this is all very clear…this idea of what your pas­sion is.  And for oth­ers, maybe it’s a bit of a mud­dled, grey mess

I tend to lean a bit more toward the “mud­dled grey mess” side…

…although I kind of hope it’s not always a grey mess, that maybe there are bits of a more tech­ni­color mess, too. 

(am I really say­ing any­thing here, or am I mostly avoid­ing the subject?)

Ahem.

Group ther­apy time…and I’m on the sofa.

Have you ever been on the cusp?  Feel­ing like “this is it”…except, not quite.  Feel­ing like you are so close…and yet so far.

Writ­ing helps.  It kind of clears my head.  And when it clears my head, that all makes way for me to see through to my heart.  They don’t always speak the same languages…my head and my heart.  Logic.  Intu­ition.  It’s easy to live daily from my head…logic says…  And it’s easy to write from my heart…intuition speaks…  So, how is it, that I can focus more of my liv­ing from my heart?  Daily.  In all those moments.

Back to the writ­ing.  The more I write, the more this all con­nects to my heart.  The more it feels real.  The more I believe.

Pas­sion.

Is there a façade I put up?  Do what I say, and what I do dif­fer?  Does all of this make me less authentic? 

Pas­sion.

I draw my deep­est pas­sion from con­nec­tions with the soul.  Me to my own soul.  My soul to yours.  Con­nec­tions that strip away race, reli­gion, sex, finan­cial sta­tus, the past, per­sonal pos­ses­sions.  A meet­ing at that spot that touches upon the deeper mean­ing of exis­tence.  Per­haps it is all much like nature.  That ebb and flow of nature, much like that ebb and flow of life.  There’s a time for sow­ing, there’s a time for grow­ing, there’s a time for reap­ing, and there’s a time for rest.  This soul con­nec­tion feels much that way. 

I also draw very deep pas­sion for con­nect­ing with a feel­ing of light-heartedness.  This feel­ing of being free.  Per­haps it’s in being free to live my days in see­ing the good, see­ing the “right”, see­ing the pos­si­bil­ity.  I guess it’s really about con­nect­ing with the moments of life, in a way that touches joy. 

And I have a pas­sion for adven­ture.  The big and the small.  New dis­cov­er­ies.  Our world is filled with so much.  Around the whole world.  Right out­side my back­door.  Within.  Part of this jour­ney is a dis­cov­ery of what is out there, and in the process, what is within. 

So, back to that cusp.

In those moments when this all comes together — adven­tures down that path of joy and light-heartedness, all touch­ing upon a deeper soul connection…this is like the com­ing together of it all. 

Pas­sion.

Some days I hit that mark, and there’s a com­plete feel­ing of being alive.  Some days, not so much.  Some days tech­ni­color.  Some days grey. 

And I wonder…

In some grand scheme of things, in life’s great mean­ing and purpose…do I really live this?  Is pas­sion alive

I talk the talk.…do I walk the walk?

Because it is easy to sit here and write words on a screen.  If you know me only here, though, is there some way to really know…if this is some­thing more than just talk?  I don’t know.  And per­haps it doesn’t mat­ter.  Per­haps it is less impor­tant in some grand scheme of things. Per­haps what is most impor­tant is what you believe in yourself…

Today I re-commit to liv­ing the pas­sion that is there, within me.  And I’ll re-commit to that every day. 

Could this lead to moments where I feel exposed?  Most definitely. 

If this life, this one life that I am aware of, is to really be lived, though…what other way can I truly com­mit to?

This is it. Now. 

To each of you, on this jour­ney you are on…peace and light.


What is Ran­dom Acts of Kick Arse (RAOKA)?  With the idea that there are so many ways we can do small things to change the world for good, Sami, from Life, Laughs, and Lem­mings took an idea she had and cre­ated this move­ment.  The move­ment:  A new theme to focus on each month, bring­ing a lit­tle more good to the world.  The move­ment started in Octo­ber 2009, and has a core group of participants:

Lori from Jane Be Nim­ble
Dani from Pos­i­tively Present
Gayze  from Gazehound’s Ani­mal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
Zeenat from Pos­i­tive Provo­ca­tions
Sami from Life, Laughs, and Lem­mings
Jan­nie from Jan­nie Funster

Each month a topic will be cho­sen to focus on, and then at the start of the next month, the par­tic­i­pants will write about their expe­ri­ences from the pre­vi­ous month.

Inter­ested in join­ing the move­ment?  Con­tact Sami for details.


March Theme:  Laugh­ter (as cho­sen by Lori)


Logo cour­tesy of Melissa from Oper­a­tion NICE

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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Trish @IamSucceeding March 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

Boy can I relate to what you are saying…I refer to it as my roller coaster of life and as crazy as it may sound…for me…that roller coaster can be worse depending on what I am physically feeding my body along with how I am taking care of my needs vs everyone else.

I love how yo put things…I do…thank you for writing and sharing it with us.
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Good…The Bad…The… Well You Know =-.

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Hilary March 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

Hi Lance .. great insights we can all feel and relate to. Life is a bit of an up and down – and we don’t usually get reminded that we can interview ourselves .. and take a little time to work out where we’re at. There’s so much to learn and so many benefits from life that we have no idea about – everyone contributes a little to life’s panoply of mazes .. I think rainbow coloured spaghetti jumble would be good .. – not grey mess = how unmotivating is that!? I went over the Exposed site – that was a laugh .. or not on New Year’s Day -but I didn’t see it then thank goodness! have a great rest of the week and weekend .. Hilary

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Rayna March 3, 2010 at 6:54 am

Do I know exactly what you are talking about!!!
Passion is a technicolour jumble, but sometimes, the colours run into each other and what you see is only a muddy mess. The technicolour is still there, you just don’t see it.

Wonderful post. And though not a part of the RAOKA movement, I may just do a post on passion one of these days.
.-= Rayna´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy 101 Award =-.

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Lynn March 3, 2010 at 6:58 am

Lance – if you are a mess then you certainly seem more technicolor than gray to me. And you will always be a superhero to me!
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Diamond dust, collectors and popping in =-.

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Holly Latty-Mann March 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

Lance, your finger movement has created meaningful spiritual connections among all who read your words! You make it OK to experience our humanness interspersed throughout our spiritually evolved moments. I love how Rayna expressed your sentiments, which is another way of saying how much you evoke creativity within those who allow themselves that connection you just extended. I have found I love reading everyone’s comments in response to your own. What a family you’ve created here at the spiritual watering hole!
Holly

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Kristie Ryan March 3, 2010 at 8:08 am

Wow Lance, I really like this post. Especially when you say: “Part of this journey is a discovery of what is out there, and in the process, what is within.” I love adventures myself, as they often times lead me out of my comfort zone or at the very least doing something different then usual, which contributes to that feeling of really living.

I know what you mean though, with the murkiness. You know what you want out of life and you try your best to live it out that way, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are or not. I figure, if we’re trying to live the way we want and making decisions along those lines we’re probably on a good track.

Kristie

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Evelyn Lim March 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

It’s great that you own up to not always feeling the passion. I also like the fact that you take us on a journey to discover what it means for you from the inside. Now that is what I call authenticity!

Thumbs up to making the intent of recommiting to what really fuels you every day. And each moment of now!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Create Affirmation Cards On-The-Go =-.

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Colleen March 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

RAOKA is a nice take off of Random Acts of Kindness, of which requires a person passionate about kindness. Nice article today.
.-= Colleen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kennewick Real Estate =-.

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Evita March 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hi Lance

Powerful topic – passion is. I think on many occasions we all sit back and wonder are we doing enough? Are we really living out our message? Do we live with authenticity and so on.

I also love how you included the beautiful ebb and flow of nature. I know I learned a lot from nature in terms of many things, but basically if we look at some typical days, sometimes the skies are grey and nothing much seems to be happening, but there is still life and I believe there is still passion within every living creature to some degree. So what I am trying to say is that if we commit to say something like passion, some days will be more exciting, some days less, but the point of the matter is that as long as we are conscious of it, are we not living out what we intend to?

I think at the end of the day, that is what matters most – live authentically to yourself, and what others will think, they will think, but what is within is always first and most important.
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..We Are All Evolving Beings =-.

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zmajeva March 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

Think that logic and intuition can and have to work together, we see them separately, we make them to work separately, but when they are connected, passion runs trough us. That way passion don’t make mess. :)

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion”- Hegel
.-= zmajeva´s Last Fabulous Post ..FUNDATION OF VITAL LIFE-TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY =-.

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suzen March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

Hi Lance! I enjoyed this post – and of course I LOVE the topic! Passion! I love to spread it around in my life and bring some passion to a lot of things. I’m passionate about my exercising daily – of course there are some days that passion is hiding and I have to literally dig it out, but I feel SO great when the work out is over that I take that resurrected passion and let it flow into what is next. I’m passionate about eating healthy so that passion keeps me from complaining about yet ANOTHER trip to the grocery store and I sometimes really have to tap into that passionate energy when it comes to cooking all this food! I could go on and on – passion is present (even if I have to dig it out) in everything I do. Some may call this enthusiasm, which of course is part of it, but you can be enthusiastic without being passionate. To me, being passionate means your really, really CARE. And I’ve learned to care deeply – about everything!
Hugs,
suZen
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lies, Distortion, Supression & Greed vs. The Truth =-.

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Audra Krell March 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

Evaluating and committing again to our personal mission is a great way to grow, in fact in most cases the only way. We have to be willing to regularly look inside, it’s just so easy not to when I don’t like what I see. I heard an interesting song lyric yesterday, “I want to be the kind of man, the mirror likes to see.” I smiled and thought about how I want to be a woman the mirror likes to see. Thanks Lance, for a being the man the world (mirror) likes to see.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Some Conference Highlights =-.

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Caroline March 3, 2010 at 10:51 am

Beautiful post Lance! I so feel that way…like: This is it! Yet, “it” seems sooo far off. I feel this way with my photography. It is my passion, that I know for sure…and it can take me way out of my comfort zone. And I think that is a good thing…it’s how I grow I suppose. And yet, I still have no idea where this passion will take me…that part is both terrifying and exciting.
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..OMG! =-.

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Mama Zen March 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

Some days I feel as if I get it just right. And, those days make all the other days worth it.
.-= Mama Zen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Smooches =-.

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Chris Edgar March 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Hi Lance — thanks for this — I definitely feel refreshed by the joy and curiosity you express about life, and I know a lot of other people do as well.

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Erin Prais-Hintz March 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Well said, my friend! I just wrote about the same topic today as a matter of fact (I am part of the ABS [Art Bead Scene] Carnival Bloggers and the theme for this month is PASSION). I think that you have to seek that which you are passionate about and then let it out. If you don’t share it with the world, hopefully igniting others’ passions, then you aren’t truly living. To be passionate is to be alive. I like the idea of being on the cusp. That is where I feel that I am right about now. Thank you for your inspiration today.
Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Coming Alive =-.

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Mindful Mimi March 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Lance,
That ‘muddled gray mess’ it’s what it’s all about. It’s not perfect, and it shouldn’t be. It’s you. And as long as you are trying your best to follow that passion that is what counts – even if you don’t manage to live it every day. I so relate to that – and you know it :-)
Write on…!
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Business Meeting Creativity Ideas – By Craig Cortello =-.

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Jannie Funster March 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have a great passion for Lance as he lies on my psychiatrist’s sofa! Or any time, for Lance and his wonderful ways, as we all do for Lance in this great blogosphere!! He is one of the best guys I know. I offer him a donut and a song and all is well. And I don’t even charge for the session! :) In fact, being in Lancedom is therapy for ME!

I actually know where my passions lie. I am lucky. And blogging has opened me up to a world of loving, supportive caring, amazing friends such as yourself, who have cheered me on in so many ways, I could never count them or possibly repay the debt!

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

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Hulbert March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hi Lance, thanks for sharing how you personally view passion. I liked how you described that your passion for writing goes beyond race, religions, sex, financial status, the past, and personal possessions. I agree that passion touches upon the meaning of existing; it is something that comes from within deep inside ourselves, where we can also share and connect it with as many other people as we can.
.-= Hulbert´s Last Fabulous Post ..Jay Leno and Nice =-.

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Lori (Jane Be Nimble) March 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hi Lance!

Wow, your writing here gave me goosebumps. As I read this, I truly feet that you are passionate about LIFE, Lance, and this flowed through your post today.

And, from my perspective, YES, you talk the talk AND walk the walk, my friend. You are an inspiration to so many people, me included.

Thanks for being who you are. This post was absolutely beautiful, Lance. Thank you for shining a light into my day today. I have come to very much enjoy the RAOKA mission and process. This is just another example of the beauty and passion in this world, if we just look for it and listen.
~xo
.-= Lori (Jane Be Nimble)´s Last Fabulous Post ..RAOKA: Passion =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus March 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hi Lance,

What a beautiful post! Life is a process and we are all works in progress. None of us are perfect. I commend you for being so self-aware and for expressing what is happening within you in an open and honest manner. You are authentic and so no worries about that, dude! :)

As for passion, nothing is greater than to love life and to love who we are. Life is to be enjoyed and not endured. To not pursue passion strikes me as a waste of being alive and being human. People are more inclined to give in to fear which is a shame. Fear is poison. Always has been and always will be.

Long live passion! :)
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Re-Invention Progress Report =-.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings March 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Totally love how you described your passion as sometimes grey and sometimes technicolour. Such a great way to look at it. Life would be pretty boring if we were super passionate ALL the time. It’s the grey days that make the technicolour ones really stand out and motivate us.

A beautiful, open, authentic post Lance. Big hugs to you my friend.
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Random Acts of Kick Arse – Passion =-.

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Jenn March 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Lance, this post is right on! ;) thanks for sharing… this is where I’m at now. I am learning to value myself and to not stuff over the Real that wants to come through. Feeling is important and I’m learning how to do that again ;) thanks again for your insights and reminders.. ~Jenn
.-= Jenn´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Perfect Seren-ipod: Sounds of The Heart =-.

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Jody - Fit at 52 March 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Lance, your passion comes out in every post I read here… in fact, sometimes you get me thinking too much! :-)

I think I have gained & lost passion thru the years depending on circumstances & just me…

I know I need to find that passion again, separate from my fitness passion!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Calories In, Calories Out – What is the Truth? =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now March 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I know I get conservative. There are some days I’m afraid to really let it all out – my passion. I think these ebb and flows are natural. To me it is not about living on the edge, but living fully in each moment. When I hug my son – am I all there? or am I thinking of work? I have to admit there are some days I’m thinking of work, but lately I’ve been practicing of being all there and the joy is there. It’s right there for my taking.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Unleash Employees’ Inner Creative Marketing Talents – Rehumanize Business Part 2 =-.

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Angelia Sims March 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I agree with you Lance. Sometimes passion is burning brightly. I can take on anything, anytime, and anywhere. Then it dims to a fading ember and I wonder if it was real or not. I tend to be absolutely passionate about a new thing for two years, then my interest fades.

I wonder if there is a why to keep that fire burning. It seems easier when full of self confidence. I will definitely have to turn that over in my mind and look inside as well to address some things.

Very provoking post to get the movement of passion stirred up. Thanks Lance!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Wishes for You =-.

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Suzie Cheel March 4, 2010 at 3:03 am

I so relate to what you have written and love : Have you ever been on the cusp? Feeling like “this is it”…except, not quite. Feeling like you are so close…and yet so far.
So often in the past year or so…. One day yes this is my true passion and then a distraction has a ? arising,,, how to keep that fire burning. Gary Vaynerchuk seems to have it mastered and he has one word CARE:)
Which is what you do so well Lance
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Monday Inspiration =-.

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Cheryl Paris March 4, 2010 at 3:43 am

Hello Lance,

Passion is the only content which should never be underestimated and is the only thing that keeps us driving to our new goals. Whether it is writing, acting, winning Oscar or just being successful in what we do best.

Cheers,
Cheryl Paris Blog
.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..I want Wednesdays- Where do you want to live? =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord March 4, 2010 at 4:55 am

Lance, when I think about passion – as a verb – I sense its depth and fiery ability to bring us further into that with which we wish to connect. And I see this in you, increasingly everyday. Maybe on a day-to-day basis it isn’t as apparent (I have those moments with myself where I think, “Am I really all that different than I was last year at this time?”). Over the span of a year, though, it feels like quantum shifts have taken place.

Since “meeting” you out here in the ether’s, you’ve been full of love in my eyes. As I grown to know more about you, I’ve seen passion acting as a verb in your life, directing your decisions and leading you more deeply into yourself.

So you writing about this – undertaking it as a case study in self-reflection and life – is so phenomenal to witness. You give “passion” a good name, Lance!
Keep those fires burning, for all of who you are, and all of who you’ve yet to become.

With love & joy!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..SURPRISE! Spread Joy, Have Fun =-.

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Lance March 4, 2010 at 5:18 am

@Trish – The “roller coaster of life”…is really a good way of looking at this life we are living. There are ups and down, thrills, scary moments, and some point when our ride will come to an end. And what a great reminder, Trish, that we can have an affect on this “ride” by how we are treating ourselves…through the food we eat, the friends we have, our attitude toward life, etc.

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Yes, there is always so much to learn. No matter how long or short we’ve been here on this earth, we will never know it all. And – rainbow colored spaghetti!!! A beautiful mess!!

@Rayna – Hi Rayna. Yes, that “muddy mess”. Life can feel like that sometimes. And I love this thought, that the “technicolor” is still there, even when life might feel a bit more muddied that usual. I draw much hope from that, thank you!

@Lynn – Awww, thank you so much. You are so, so sweet.

@Holly – Hi Holly. I love this thought of each of us being a spiritual being. I believe that very much. And then we are here on this earth, having a very human experience. And no matter what our beliefs about what lies beyond our earthly existence, I think most would agree that within us there is this thing that I would call “soul”. And I believe that to be my spiritual being, and something that I don’t always express fully…holding myself back. And that’s where I start to feel that muddled grey mess…when I don’t let the inner spirit shine. Anyway, maybe that is all part of the journey…a journey toward a more deeper understanding of self. Holly, thank you so much for being here…

@Kristie Ryan – Hi Kristie. Those “adventures” in life really can lead us out of our comfort zones. And when we allow ourselves to really experience these moments, there is so much there for us. Much more than just the adventure itself, this can become so much more. And that’s there for all of us…if we allow that experience to permeate our soul. Thanks Kristie!

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn. There are definitely moments where the passion just isn’t there. And I suppose it is that way with all of us, where that murkiness is just a bit murkier. And I think all of this – the fully passionate moments and the moments that are much less passion-filled – they all can lead us to what this life means to each of us. Evelyn, I witness very much in you, this authenticity, and know that your beautiful doing of this…helps me to be more “me”. Know that I am grateful to you for that.

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Lance March 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

@Colleen – Yes, I really think of RAOKA as another approach to random acts of kindness, with a bit of focused thought each month. What Sami has created is really something special.

@Evita – Hi Evita. Hmmm…yep!! I certainly have had those thoughts of “am I really doing enough”, or “am I doing what I really should be doing”. And I suppose that is a part of life, and when we acknowledge this, and see that – even in those moments when we are not our best – we are still very much “us” – and there is much authenticity in that.

Nature is a beautiful thing, isn’t it! And I know you connect very much with our natural world. Evita, know that I find this to be such a wonderful part of who you are. Anyway, I very much find that connection, too. And through that – I am reminded there is a season for everything, there are storms in our life, and there are moments of brilliant sunshine. Having you here…Evita…is that brilliant sunshine, streaming through into my life.

@Zmajeva – I love the quote you shared! And that is so true…when we can get our logic and intuition working together, what a great place to be – where this alignment leads to really hitting our stride, and connecting to that inner wisdom that is there in each of us.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. You really just emit passion from your soul so beautifully! That has come through so clearly in all that you have shared. And I love how you tie this back to CARING deeply. When we care, we really do connect to something greater than just on the surface, and there is much passion in all of that. Peace and love to you…

@Audra – Hi Audra. Ah…that “looking inside”. I wonder sometimes, how I am really doing at that. On the surface I think I am. I wonder, though, if I am really and honestly doing this, or am I just giving it lip service? And I know…it is only me who can answer that question. Audra, you have such a wonderful way of seeing right into me, and seeing where those challenges lie.

Okay, and thank you so much for your beautifully caring words. And I also just want you to know…the reflection in your mirror, the mirror of your life – Audra, that is of a woman who is very much filled with love and compassion. I am deeply honored to know you, and to call you a dear friend…

@Caroline – Hi Caroline. That “cusp”, right. It’s like we are there, yet we are not. And in that spot, that “not quite there yet” spot…there can be some trepidation of what lies ahead (I know there is for me). I just want you to know that your photography is filled with passion, and that shines through in all that you share. As you continue on this journey of yours, keep trusting in your heart…

@Mama Zen – Hi Kelli. Yes, when we have a day where it all “feels right”…wow!! What a feeling!! And that does give strength for continuing on…

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Lance March 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

@Chris Edgar – Hi Chris. Thanks much for your support, it really means a lot!

@Erin – Hi Erin. Perhaps it is in that seeking that I sometimes hesitate. And for what? Fear of looking foolish? Fear of it being a flop? So…sometimes I know that I’m in that spot. And other times, I know too that I hesitate. Being on that cusp, though…a place I find myself at too. And there is much good in that spot…and in sensing what is out there. Erin, know that I wish you only the best in what lies in front of you, and I know that your passion shines through brightly in all that I have witnessed in you.

@Mimi – Hi Miranda. Okay, your words really are comforting today. Thank you. And I do know how much you relate to this, and know that I am here to support you in any way I can. I love what you are doing, and how much I just feel your heart in all of that. So…yes, it is a bit of that grey mess sometimes…and I’ll take that over a no mess/no passion life….

@Jannie – Psychiatrist Jannie!! Being on your sofa is most wonderful. Really, your presence in my life is like this light of fun and love! And what a beautiful combination!! Today (well…always) I feel this great sense of connection with you, and I am resting here this morning…with a donut and some of your amazing music. I am feeling good! You are sunshine in this world, Jannie! You really are!! I am lucky. I am lucky because our paths have crossed out there in this great big world…shiny, amazing friend!

@Hulbert – And in that meaning of existence, none of those factors matter, do they – in how we view another person. They are NOT the person. And it’s that “what’s inside” that really matters. Great thoughts to all of this, thank you!

@Lori – Hi Lori. Know that your words touch me deeply. I sometimes wonder if that passion is there? If I am really living life on my terms? Or – if I somehow hold myself back from what is truly possible? (as you can see, I have lots of questions for “me” to ponder!). Anyway, Lori, I know you are “there”, and there is much comfort in that. Know it is very much a two-way street…wonderful friend.

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Yes, I so agree that life is a process, and we are all somewhere on the journey through our life. And it is that fear – and it’s poison – that can hold us back from what is really possible. That we know of, we are here once on this earth – especially in this form we exist in today. And within that form, is our beautiful soul – right. And that is so unique to each of us, and when we can connect to that, and live openly from there – what a beautiful place to be. Nadia, know that I see you doing this, and I find much personal peace in that. Keep on shining that amazing you out to the world!

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Positively Present March 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Lance, I love your post about passion! I don’t know if you feel the way I do, but I think people seem to be really into the topic of passion. It was great to read your take on it.
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..7 ways to travel the road to your passion =-.

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Laurie March 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

We all ebb and flow with our passions, drives, or whatever you want to call it. I think the point is to allow the ebb when it happens but don’t lose sight of the passion. Keep it in your sights. Then when the tide changes and you are flowing again, go go GO! with that flow!

I have felt on the cusp too. That’s not a bad place to be. You can romance it into what you want it to be. It’s the place you make all the choices. Ponder. Dream. Plan. I think it is kind of like a teeter totter, you are balancing right in the middle of the board and don’t want to fall back and lose ground But when you finally get up on the high end, you fly high!!!

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J.D. Meier March 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

I like your point how clearing your head makes room for your heart.

I’m glad you’re committing to your passion … that’s a powerful decision, just like committing to continuous growth. Passion and growth go hand in hand.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Getting Started with Agile Results =-.

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Hilda March 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

“I draw my deepest passion from connections with the soul. Me to my own soul. My soul to yours. Connections that strip away race, religion, sex, financial status, the past, personal possessions. “

I have to say Lance, that your deepest passion shines through in your writing. Not just your posts, but your comments and replies, which are always so very thoughtful. There is no need to ever doubt that you’re living your passion – you live it here day in and day out!
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Spread a little joy =-.

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Jannie Funster March 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

There once was a fellow named Lance
Who joined a troupe who did dance.
He cavorted around,
From town to town
And now he is famous in France!

:)
xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

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Jannie Funster March 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

OMG, and you’re actually listening to my music? Aren’t you SICK of those songs yet! :)

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

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Hilary March 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Hi Jannie .. I’m sick to death of listening to Kelly!! nor you .. so I listen quite often .. yes!!

& your poem’s great .. just thought ‘town on to town’ has that extra what ever the word is .. and reads better – nog al? Blue Bunny – lingo .. Afrikans .. ‘not so’?

Coooo -er a composer of Lance limericks .. sounds good ..

NB highlighted not .. see if it works .. cheers to all …
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Middle Ages of the web – ancient pathways, monastic steps, St David yesterday, St Chad today and lines of communication … =-.

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Jannie Funster March 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hilary!!! Yes, very good with your limerick observation, thanks! What would I do without you??! :)

he cavorted around
from town unto town…

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Blog Party (a poem) =-.

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Lance March 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

@Sami – You know, Sami, I love what you have written here. And it really does make those technicolor moments stand out, because we are all human, and we have days that blah, or uneventful, or just simply grey. So, wonderful friend, know that your words have landed on my heart today, and leave me with a smile. Be well, and big hugs right back atcha…

@Jenn – Hi Jenn. Yes, valuing ourselves…so good to be reminded of that. Each of us, no matter where we are on that journey through life, have so much good within us. And that is a beautiful insight…thank you so much!

@Jody – Hey Jody! You know, I can relate so much to what you are saying. I guess that’s the ebb and flow of life, and it’s all good. When we find that thing we are passionate about (like fitness!), that’s where we should be then. (and this all reminds me…it’s time for me use the set of weights!!)

@Karl – Karl, I can relate, very much, to what you are saying. It feels “safe” to be conservative. Yet, the older I get, the more I am realizing that “safe” maybe isn’t so safe after all. Maybe the safest place of all is within that passion that is ours…and then we are living in the way we are meant to live our lives. Being in those moments…a great reminder, too, on where this passion really is at. Keep hugging your son…and your wife…

@Angelia – Hi Angelia. Right!! We can go into something new, and there’s like an andrenalyn rush. And the fire burns brightly. What about when that fades, though? Is that a time to dig a little deeper in our being, and question why we are doing what we are? Perhaps so. And in that questioning, we touch upon even deeper truths within our own being. Angelia, your insights today are so good, and leave me with some questions to ask myself…

@Suzie – Hi Suzie. On that cusp. It is a good place to be, I think. That spot reminds me that I am moving forward, even if I haven’t reached that peak (whatever that “peak” happens to be). And really, as I think about this now, I wonder if that is just another stop along our journeys through life, and that makes this “cusp” a very good place to be… I’m not sure, and I’m going to sit with that for a while. Suzie, know that I appreciate very much all that you have shared.

@Cheryl – Hi Cheryl. Very great point! Because when we underestimate our passion…we only hold ourselves back from our true potential…

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Hilary March 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hi Jannie .. got me back quickly your comment did .. a) because you replied so pronto .. and thanks for ‘adding it’ ..

b) but incredibly this HTML malarky .. knocked out my not .. so my comment reads all wrong and I’m sulking in England now!! …

REPHRHASED omitting the HTML tags .. !!!!

Hi Jannie .. I’m NOT sick to death of listening to Kelly!! nor you .. so I listen quite often .. yes!!

byeeeee – if we keep this up Lance will ban us …. or sack us …..??!!
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Middle Ages of the web – ancient pathways, monastic steps, St David yesterday, St Chad today and lines of communication … =-.

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Lance March 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

@Megan – Megan, I love this thought of passion as a verb. It’s like I feel the action that goes in this. And maybe that’s action we see (like outwardly doing something that brings passion) and maybe that’s action on the inside (like deeper thoughts into the inner working of “us”). So, these daily passion steps…yes, I too think “am I different than I was yesterday”. Yet, as I think back right now – to this year last time – without a doubt I have changed. There has been a shift, and one that I am deeply happy to see taking place. It’s in a direction that feels so right, and so good. Megan, your words are helping me to see this, and to realize that even in those moments when it feels like I’m spinning my wheels, or even reverting in a direction I don’t want to go – there is still good there. And I wonder if a big part of that for me, right now – is awareness.

Anyway, Megan, you have once again given me your beautiful insight, with care and love. The fires are burning…

@Dani – Hey Dani. Yes, I am seeing this too. And I think it’s because passion is something that can be very personal and meaningful. And that is something that touches everyone at a deep level.

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. That’s good Laurie…to really just “be” with these ebbs and flows. I suppose they are inevitable. Such is our life here on earth…one filled with highs and lows. And when we stay focused on what rings in our heart…we come back to that, flowing beauitfully. So…I’ll enjoy this place “at the cusp”….pondering, dreaming, planning. That all sounds really quite nice… (thank you, dear friend…)

@J.D. Meier – I like how you are tying passion and growth together. I see that very much, as we continue to let our passion out, that does take us down new paths of growth too. And that’s a good place to be.

@Hilda – Hilda, your words touch my soul…thank you. And thank you, really, for being here and shining your light out into the world!

@Jannie –
There once a gal named Jannie,
Who drove this fancy schmancey mini-vannie.
She tooled around,
From state to state,
Singing while eatinig a bananie!

xoxo

@Jannie – Hey Jannie, it’s super nice to see you again. SICK of those songs??? No way!!! Rockin’ on with YOU!!

@Hilary – Hi again Hilary! Nicely said…you’ve done well with Jannie’s poem!

@Jannie – Well…look who’s here!! Wow, it is great to see you, poet Jannie! A limerick (and to think, I just called it a poem…yikes!). We had a limb on one of our trees come down over the winter. Once the snow is gone, I get to go pick that up. (I suppose that limb is different than your limb-erick??).

@Hilary – Hi Hilary!!! Welcome back! No need to sulk…I know what you meant (and I bet Jannie did too). Will I ban you two?? Hmmm??? NO, I could never do that!!! (although it IS hard to keep up with both of you!!!!)

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Tim March 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Hi Lance:

Thanks for sharing your very personal take on passion. I know what you mean about thinking about passion and actually applying it to our lives at all moments. It is not easy to just “be” passion or to live passionately so that it’s automatic. For me, it takes work. It probably shouldn’t, but it does. Thank you again for sharing and for reminding us of the importance of passion.

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Diane AZ March 5, 2010 at 7:54 am

Hi Lance, I enjoyed reading your thoughts about passion. I could relate to “That ebb and flow of nature…” which reminds me of Einstein’s quote “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And,”There’s a time for sowing, there’s a time for growing…” which brings to mind the song, Turn! Turn! Turn! based on Ecclesiastes 3:1. I don’t often think about “passion” myself if it means wanting something other than “this” right now. I could say I’m passionate about “loving what is” and I get ecstatic about Nature. I notice that energy and drives come and go, but I don’t seek after them or try to change them. I am at peace going with the flow.
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Cactus Picnic Area – Snapshots =-.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} March 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

Oh Lance,
This person that you are right now..is so beautiful! Your passion for life coupled with your souls purity…just flows in this post. So so so beautiful! WOW!
I love how you have described passion for you….grey technicolor and all that in between….You cant be passionate all the time….you would be superhuman :)
For me personally passion is Life…and in everything we think or do…let it be just making a cup of coffee….or just drinking that cup of coffee..and enjoying every sip..OK….I cant be passionate about my morning cup of coffee , I’m too sleepy then ;) But you get what i’m talking about right.
And what an honor to be part of your group therapy session….I wish all my patients were as awesome as you :) I have got to send them to you for therapy ;)
Simply loved your thoughts here….perfect!
Much Love to you…
Z~
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Passion Is… {RAOKA} =-.

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Lance March 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

@Tim – Hey Tim. Yes, I know what you mean. Sometimes it can really take work. I think of exercise, which is something that is a passion of mine. And still, there are days, where it’s a real effort to go forth. When I do, I really feel good about it. The point, though, as you have stated, is that sometimes it really is work to get to that spot of passion. Great thoughts!

@Diane AZ – Hi Diane. Nature is such a beautiful thing! And through, as Einstein said so well, we can understand everything better. And Diane, that you are at peace…I see that as a beautiful sign of passion within you…and what a great place to be at.

@Zeenat – Zeenat, thank you so, so much for your wonderful words of affirmation. And that is truly a sign of the love that is within you, shining out into the world! I am so grateful for your presence, and for the beauty you bring to this world. Oh, and this is so good…passion is Life. I do get, very much, what you are saying. While there might be varying degrees of passion, this is indeed our life, and what that is, in large part, is how we deeply connect to it (our life). Zeenat, your wisdom and love shine through so wonderfully today…thank you deeply for this…much love and a wonderful weekend with your family.

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scheng1 March 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Powerful post. Sometimes my only passion in the day is food. I know that’s a miserable way to live. But passion for coffee and chocolate never dies.
.-= scheng1´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is 2012 the end of the world? =-.

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Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny March 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Hi Lance,
You connect at a soul level with so many people. Having a blog to share your thoughts with people is the perfect medium for you. Sometimes, when I’m writing, I wonder what would Jesus do? He would blog to get his message to the masses and He would fret and fume over the slowness of the computer. But He would focus on the message and not the mishaps and slowdowns. March is for laughter!
.-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s Last Fabulous Post ..passion and fascination – two essential ingredients for RAOKA =-.

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Lance March 10, 2010 at 4:58 am

@Scheng1 – That passion…it is there, within us. And passion for coffee and chocolate…hmm…I can completely relate!!

@Cheryl – Hi Cheryl. Thank you so much for your caring and touching words. And, thinking about Jesus…what a great place to look for inspiration. He just really has this focus on what truly matters, and when we can somehow get a bit closer to that…what a beautiful place to be. And…woohoo!! Laughter is next!!

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Casey March 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

RAOKA! That just might have to be my new motto! And thing to live by!
.-= Casey´s Last Fabulous Post ..Acrylic Picture Frames =-.

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