The Joy of Life

Sep 19, 2011 by

The Joy of Life

I saw a tattoo on a girl’s arm the other day, and it said:

“The joy of life lives in its passion

And I thought “what amazing words to permanently put onto your body.”  Her passion and commitment to those words, those sounds, that message, drove the point home of how important it is … passion … fire … heat.

Finding The Passion is what we live for. It’s what’s important to everyone, even those people who focus on certainty and stability. It’s what makes memories. It’s what draws people closer together. We spend so much of our day stuck in the muck that when passion ignites it’s breathtaking.  And that tattoo just serves to remind us what we’re searching for.  In fact I believe that we are hard-wired to seek out passion. It’s what we do with art, music, dance, song. We all hunt for that moment when something or someone moves you into a passionate state of mind.

It’s the Anthony Robbins statement: are you busy “making a living or designing your life?”  Because designing your life is all about Finding The Passion it takes to take a step and Risk Everything (see my post on Risk) and live on the edge (see my post on The Edge).

So here are my questions:

  • “What are you passionate about?”
  • “Who are you passionate for?”
  • “How can you ignite your passion with a fierce flame?”

If you can turn your passion on, stay driving 100 MPH, what could you accomplish?  And what is keeping your passion bottled up?  What is keeping you from pursuing a passionate life?  And what would you have to let go of; who would you have to let go of; what beliefs would you have to shatter to take a leap-of-faith and be moved to passion?

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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