RAOKA: Passion

by Lance Ekum on · 53 comments





“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?)


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.


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


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. 


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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