There seems to be a lot of chatter these days about passion and purpose and the necessity of possessing a wealth of both if we want to experience a fulfilled and meaningful life. While on the surface this sounds appealing and wonderful, a closer look at the mechanics of this splendor might be in order. We can’t help but notice that much of these promised transformations involve an exchange of money so it might be wise to peek behind the curtain before agreeing to write a check.
Let’s tackle “purpose” first. Imagine if we all burst into this world noisy little rock stars each rocking to our own special tune. We all know the reputation that rock stars enjoy. Does self-less humility and genuine love of neighbor spring to mind? We don’t want to paint rock stars with too broad a brush but it comes with a startle when one of these crooners turns out to be courteous. Maybe real purpose isn’t as grandiose as to require the stage, the limelight or even applause. Maybe real purpose is to be aware enough to encourage someone who needs a lift or just listen to someone who doesn’t feel heard. What if purpose isn’t about talking at all but being quiet enough to actually hear what’s being said. You can decide what you think is more “sandal- worthy” but we know what we think.
Passion is a light that won’t be denied so you don’t have to worry about finding it. It will find you just like the 9th symphony found its way through an almost completely deaf Beethoven. Will it be as grand a passion as the one that consumed Ludwig? Who knows and who cares. Don’t put such pressure on yourself. Living life through a compare and contrast lens cheapens its beauty to the beholder which is you. Pursue your interests, enjoy the journey and smell a flower or two along the way. Doesn’t that feel better than feeling that you’re missing the purpose and passion boat? You bet it does!