*revised classic blog series

I want you to close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you have millions of dollars in the bank. You’re on a warm, secluded tropical island, considering your future endeavors. What do you see yourself doing? What are you most passionate about pursuing for the rest of your life?

Okay, you may not have millions of dollars, but there’s a driving force within you, propelling you to do something big. What is it? Pull it out of you. You only have the rest of your life to pursue it. 

One of the definitions I’ve found for passion is, “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for something.” For example, you can have a driving enthusiasm for profound artwork or music or grand ideas. It goes beyond your “why” because it naturally flows from you, in a way that it appears to be attached to the very core of your being. 

As stated above, Passion has many definitions. However, the one I want to focus on is: a strong or extravagant fondness or desire for something that is significant to you.  God has put various desires in your heart. But how do you know the difference between a core life passion and a passing admiration of something? Maybe the answer is found in considering. . .what drives you? What sparks your passion and desire more than anything else?

When you talk about something you are truly passionate about, pure joy bursts out of you, and everyone can see it all over you. I like to think of it as God Himself, oozing out of you, showing the world a sneak peak of something you were just born to do. 

You are responsible for doing the work of discovering your true passion. I believe that when you discover what you are infinitely passionate about, you’ll have part of the puzzle of your life’s purpose solved. 

Former Editor-In-Chief of Essence Magazine, Susan Taylor, put it beautifully. She said, “To know yourself is to know the power of God within you.  We are here to discover our truth and to make our unique contribution to life.”  

I found another quote on passion by an unknown author. It connects passion with everything you do. It says, “If you have passion for what you do, the company you keep, the life you live, it will be reflected in whatever you create. Passion is like that; it springs out, jumps, unpredictable and planned, into everything we touch. If it doesn’t, others know. Passion can’t be faked and it can’t be manufactured, which is why it is so priceless.”

One thing you can do to discover what you are truly passionate about is to begin asking yourself a series of questions:

What ignites your enthusiasm? 

What can you imagine yourself doing all day with joy?

What charges you and drives you to excel?

In what do you get the best results? Also, you can find your passion in your hobbies or in those things in which you have a natural talent.

*This is part one of a classic Food for Thought blog series.