If you have a passion for something, do it.
Even if you can only carve out a few minutes per day to follow your passion, hold those few minutes sacred. Following your passion may never pay your bills, but it will keep you alive. It will stoke the fire in your soul that warms your heart and energizes your actions.
When you’re lost in the day-to-day drudgery of life and feel like you’re drowning, remember your passion. Recalling your passion may not immediately improve your situation, but it will improve your outlook.
I’m not saying that passion is a panacea; life is much more complex than that. What I am saying, however, is that God designed each of us with a passion for something, and when you connect to that something, you connect to Him.
If you’re not sure what your passion is, ask. Ask God. Ask your family. Ask your friends. Ask your co-workers. Even when you can’t recognize when your inner flame is glowing, they can. And they will be happy to tell you. You can also try asking yourself the questions in an article by Warren Berger titled “Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions.” As the article closes, Berger challenges readers to write a “single sentence that sums up who you are and what, above all, you aim to achieve.”
I took up the challenge and composed the following sentence on the fly.
She started a school that met the needs and surpassed the expectations of her community and eventually revolutionized the American education system.
And I think that does, indeed, sum it up. I care deeply about individuals, communities, education, my country, and the systems that govern access to resources. My preferred method of service is providing educational support systems that complement what happens in the classroom.
What about you? What’s your passion? What’s your sentence?
I pass the torch to you.