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Dear Diary my passion is passion!

 

Dear Diary,

     Passion is a fickle task master. 

     It seems that as we master one thing in our lives it transforms itself into something else that is equally worth giving up everything else for.  It seems that the only thing about passion that endures is Passion itself----as we perpetually re-invent ourselves.

Seattle Conservatory     So, while there is no one thing that I would choose to say that I am passionate about (and there are many), it is only because I would like the freedom to be passionate about whatever I want to be passionate about.  I would say that I am “serially-passionate”----“seriously-passionate”----“surreally-passionate.”

     A “Renaissance” approach to passion can sustain a life---it is contagious, and has the power to infect those around us with passions of their own.  We actually transform those around us by merely transforming ourselves.

     Some passions even overlap----or at least are not mutually exclusive.  For example we can be very passionate about our families and our work in the same time frame.  I would not call this “multi-tasking-passion”----but more that both require each other so much that they allow co-existence.  There are those who would say that one of the two will always suffer, but I think they can also feed each other---nurture each other if one is vigilant and honest.  While passions often are all consuming, sooner or later we must come up for air and perhaps focus on other passions in order to bring new energy to that other passion after a break.  There is Yin & Yang in all things and no one can stay on the Honeymoon for ever----it can actually get even better.

     In this sense passion is life.  We must find what we are passionate about and experience “Passion-Gone-Wild.”

     Passion has a dark side as well---while it sustains us and gives our lives meaning---it also eventually kills us.  That said, a life lived without passion, is a life not lived at all.  It really doesn’t matter whether our passion is removing a tumor from a child’s brain or painting sunsets----be passionate in all that you do----or don’t do it at all.  I am so grateful that we are all so different and have so many different interests so that there will always be someone that will be passionate about all the things that I have no interest in being passionate about.

     Passion is a choice.

    It is a gift we can give ourselves to make us feel more alive---to live our lives more fully.  We all know people hanging on by a thread, Stone walls and Moats get in our waythat for one reason or another put many stone walls and moats in the way of finding the passion in their lives.  Living there lives as if they don’t choose----blaming others for their lack of passion---for their lack of joy and aliveness.  So you see, being without passion, also kills----most likely even quicker.  Sometimes there are things worse than death.  There IS no getting out of here alive.

     Neil Young asked in one of his more recent albums, “Are You Passionate?”

     He also said, “It is better to burn out than to fade away.”

Charles Buell

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsCharles Buell • February 22 2009 11:13PM

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I agree with you. I am always excited about new ideas and happenings-Dinah Lee

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 9 years ago

I agree with you. I am always excited about new ideas and happenings-Dinah Lee

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 9 years ago

Hey it is the Dinah twins visiting my blog:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Wow Charles, that was deep. Funny that I never really stopped to think about what I'm passionate about. But you make an interesting comment that passion is life. You got me scratching my head on this one.

 

                                                      ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

Ah yes, a passion for excellence is a passion worth having.  Best wishes from Hawaii.

Aloha

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) over 9 years ago

Charles- I think this is a great post. In tough times, sometimes it's hard to remember the original passion that brought you to real estate, but you can find passion in almost everything if you try hard enough. Great post!

Posted by Ilyce Glink, Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host. (Think Glink Media) over 9 years ago

Okay, this is going to sound corny, but I'm passionate about life. It's been one heck of a ride. I've been through the ups, and the downs, the lows and the highs, but I cherish every bit of it. It's what's made me...me.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago

Roy, don/'t scratch too hard:)

Richard, thanks

Ilyce, yes, I think too often people think that passion is something "dumped" on us as opposed to something we "choose."

Suesan, not corny at all----just the way it is:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

It was hard to define "passion". It's all good for me. Some days I might just be passionate about washing dishes...it's a zen thang. I'm never bored or lonely.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Liz---it is indeed a zen thing.  We can bring passion to what ever we choose.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Passion or obsession. There is a fine line between or they may actually be intertwined. Happiness may be anchored in passion. Throwing yourself fully into something that interests you, striving for elusive excellence. It can be rewarding and frustrating, but above all fun.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

James---a very fine line indeed.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Dr. Descartes - you think, therefore you be...

The word I am supposed to type in the box below is "ylang-ylang."  Is that the good or bad passion?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, I think Yin-Yang would have been more apropos:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

very beautiful..i like

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Hannah---thanks.Sunsmile

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Deep and thoughtful and Oh so true. I'm passionate about living and thank God when I wake every morning and have the opportunity to live another day. Make each day special as it could be your last.

Posted by Carl Winters over 9 years ago

Carl & Ceil---the older one gets the truer it gets:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

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