If only I would read my own posts for inspiration, it might not have been so long between my last post and now! While my “theme” for 2013 may not have been at the forefront of my mind word-for-word this year, I do believe I am living it out.
- After completing our study of the book Boundaries, we began the process of discovering our innermost passions by taking Oprah’s “What’s Your Passion” exercise. This, however, only served to whet our appetites for discovery! It didn’t take much to convince this study group to decide to take on the full version of this challenge in Janet Bray and Chris Attwood’s book, The Passion Test – the Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Now, I will be among the first to cringe when something promises to be both great and effortless. And, with my already packed life, reading any book is far from “effortless”! Never-the-less, I’ve found the tips in this study guide helpful in identifying and clarifying those things in my life that really get me excited – my Passions. The exciting thing for me is realizing how my theme for 2013 (even though I had forgotten it) fits so well with my list of top-5 passions. By knowing who I am and having a developing sense of what I am made to pursue, find that I walk a little straighter, stand a little taller. and speak with greater conviction.
“cherish thy gifts,”
- Discovering my passions means also identify my gifts, those God-given talents often manifest during childhood and yet more-often-than-not buried at some point along our trek into adulthood. Now, however, these gifts are like discovering buried treasures that provide clues to our deep passions and God-designed life purposes.
“pursue thy dreams!”
- Armed with a greater understanding of how my gifts, passions, and purpose are intertwined, I feel equipped to stretch forth and put action and effort into the dreams that they represent. In starting simply: by writing down my passions and keeping my passion list handy (such as attached to my dressing mirror), I give focus and attention to my passions. In this way, my dreams are pushed to the forefront of my mind and become subject to the wonderfully creative power of my sub-conscious. One of my discovered passions, can be summed up in the word, “homesteading”. In other words, when I envision my ideal life, I see myself happily engaged in homesteading activities. Not only are these I-made-it-myself pursuits, but they are sustainable, eco-friendly, health-promoting pursuits too. This is how I like to spend my “free” time. The more I remind myself of this identified passion, the more clarity I give to it, and the more opportunities I discover (or perhaps, create) in my day-to-day activities for living out these passions. Wow!
Have you given purpose and put passion into your daily life? How did you come about it? What advice would you give to your “sisters”?