No, not that kind of passion. 😉
I’ve recently picked up a long-forgotten project (yes, another one), this time with my husband. We’re co-writing a novel that has been bouncing around in the back of our minds for nearly two years. Before now, Jack and I have never written anything together. We’re very different, creatively speaking, and when we have tried in the past, we’ve gotten frustrated and given up in the outline phase.
This time, we’ve tried something different (I’ll talk about that in tomorrow’s Forest Four the Trees post) and it’s turned a previously failed experiment into a smashing success. In seven days we’ve cranked out [update!] 30,000 words. It’s been one of my favorite weeks ever. Every morning I wake up thinking about this story, and every night I go to sleep plotting the next day’s scenes. My vocabulary is expanding again. I feel sharper and more creative.
Sometimes it’s hard to notice when I’m not engaging my passions. Howard Thurman wrote “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Following our passions and doing what makes us feel alive will almost always make the world a better place.
When was the last time you got caught up in your passion?