It is an individual and curious quest that sends us each on our path to finding inspiration.  Yet once found, it opens a world that few would have imagined previously.  We all know that somewhere inside of us we have unique abilities, talents, skills, whatever you chose to call them.  I've recently come to believe that it is discovering what truly inspires us that leads us to uncovering those hidden abilities.   I know that there are many different things that inspire me on a daily basis sometimes as simple as a sunny day, a smile on my kids faces or a tweet from one of my friends/mentors/educators on Twitter.  The list goes on and on and at the moment that they pass my consciousness they mark themselves as sparks to be remembered.  My problem is that I forget and become complacent, failing to act on the sparks of inspiration that wind themselves through my daily life.  

In exploring the directions I want my life to take, I am realizing that I really need to start paying more attention to the things that inspire me.   That the failure to follow the occasional flights of fancy that make me sit up and take notice is becoming a roadblock on the pathway to my dreams.  I need to learn to put more faith in inspiration to guide me in taking the correct fork in the road that will lead to the center of my passions.  So that now is my mission – follow my instincts, discover my inspiration and follow them both to my passion.  It will not be an easy road, changing old bad habits never is, but it is one that I hope will make my life an inspiration to others.  And isn't that what life should be about, bringing joy, inspiration and light to others?   What inspires you?  And how can you use it to improve the vision and focus on your passion and dreams?

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The importance of passion

Lately I have begun to really understand the true importance of passion in our lives.  The many levels, many forms of passion.  (in no particular order)

The passion we have to have for life.  If you think about what life is without some reason to exist, something that makes us wake up in the morning – that is a life without passion.

The passion of the world around us.  Just think for a moment how amazing it is that we exist, that a flower is the color it is, the heights that our technology has reached.  It is mindboggleling and must be revered with all the awe we can muster.

The passion we have for our jobs – I'm learning this one because I am the process of starting my own business.   I finally feel the passion that I have always searched for in my work life.

The passion we have for our children, our family and our friends – the older I become the more I understand how much we need these people and how passionate we have to be about keeping them close to us and making sure they know how very much they mean to us.  Life without these people is lonely existence.

The passion we have with our spouses or significant others – having been in both situations and by observing others.  I am finally starting to understand that passion is not just about the physical reaction we may have to these people.  Not that the physical passion is not important, it is, a caring, satisfying physical relationship can be the base to build an intimacy and closeness that will support a solid partnership. But it also about the passion the partnership itself.  The passion we develop for our supporter, our confidante, our lover and our best friend. 

And how different our lives are when those family, friends, spouses or significant others are no longer a part of our lives.   When that passion is no longer glowing and lighting our way through life.

A life lived without passion is a life not worth living.  It is a slow walk through the fright-filled swamp that is a life with no meaning, no direction.

So today, go out and celebrate your passion.  Tell someone you love them.  Bask in the sun that shines on your face.  Hug a child or a pet.   Gaze upon the face of those you love and commit them to memory for the day they are no longer here.  Love, live and laugh.

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