For the last decade I have been looking for a word that helps me understand what is missing in the world around me. I was looking for a concept that explains the lack of commitment, drive, eagerness, loyalty, happiness that is needed for a society to survive. I have observed my friends and asked myself what is it that attracts me to certain people? Why do I feel nothing when I meet others and yet feel so much emotion when I meet some? I think the answer to my search lies hidden somewhere in these questions and today I feel confident that I have come to an answer, the missing ingredient or word is PASSION!
When talking to many older people I often see a gleam in their eyes as they talk about days gone by. They speak of their work and the total commitment they had to some company, how they committed their life to their career or how their wife of 40 plus years is still the love of their life. Many of the younger people I talk to are already talking about retirement; they probably have been through a divorced and may have children who they see during visitation! In today’s society very few employees stay at a job for more than 5 years. In order to move up, one must keep moving on. According to these younger folks it is not cool to stay at one job! If you stay in one place too long you are labeled as a loser or not motivated to climb the corporate latter.
This will come as a real surprise to some people but not everyone can be at the top! Some of us have to stay where we are to teach the children, drive the trucks, man the stores, cook food and keep our society working. Despite the fact that TV constantly shows us how the rich and famous live out their lives and spend more money than we can dream of, they represent only a small number of people in our world and I might add not a very happy segment of our society. I believe that all these issues create a sense of uncertainty or unattachment that prevails through our whole culture.
The other institution that is being torn apart in our world is family. In the past the family was the corner stone of our whole society. It was the core of all learning and where values were demonstrated to the children by the parents in day to day activities. Friendship and love of family were as certain as the rising of the sun. It was a simple time with far less distraction than we experience today. I feel certain that passion was an essential part of day to day survival.
So back to this word, passion, most people today, when they hear this word think of sex. I am not talking about sex even though the mere mention of it in my blog will gain numerous hits on the internet. I am talking about a passion for life! We have been given by the universe a short piece of time to enjoy, survive, learn, suffer, win, lose, see, feel, smell and ultimately leave a world with so many incredible nooks and crannies that it would take several lifetimes to scratch the surface. Every minute is a gift! Every day is an adventure! Every person you meet is a chance to expand what you know! There is no time to waste! Passion for life is the engine behind this experience, the push that makes you take chances, try new things, go new places and most important, meet new people!
Every person I meet has the potential to make my life better with a little piece of wisdom or an experience that helps me see the world a little clearer.
So grab the passion! Enjoy today! Do not let people without passion bring you down! They are the ones who are not having fun. As my old friend Jon Luke Picard would say, “Make it so”.