Thursday, December 08, 2005
There’s a little plaque which graces my wall. It’s rather crude and obviously made by hand. But I picked it up from a street vendor a number of years ago because of the saying, “Do your homework and know your facts. But remember, it’s passion that persuades.”
I’ve posted a number of blogs over the last few months on choosing a major and career decision making but not much about passion, most likely because there’s a part of me that thinks passion, in the sense of “do what you totally love”, is over rated. There are few people indeed who remain passionate about their careers. Reality sets in sooner or later. Hopefully, what they do day to day will hold a core of meaningful activity amidst the minutia of seemingly irrelevant details.
But when you connect passion—defined here as what keeps you up at night; what you long to see righted, fixed or restored; or, more positively perhaps, what brings you joy—with life calling, the two concepts help set life direction which transcends specific jobs or careers.
Using myself as an easily accessible case in point, what brings me joy? For one, that would be providing hospitality. Welcoming people of all sizes, shapes, and backgrounds. Providing a place where they know they will be accepted and can feel safe. And welcoming can take place at work in my little office or at home as a life orientation going well beyond my working years.
So, whether you’re a student looking down the road at the next 30 years or a seasoned worker looking back on 30 years, what’s your passion? Discovering it this Christmas season will go a long way towards making 2006 a joy filled year.