Sunday, July 18, 2010
The Lamentation of a Passion Zealot
Passion can't be bought, or given. Passion can't be taught. Passion just is. Or isn't. Either people have passion in their lives or they don't. When it comes to passion there is a clear delineation between the Haves and the Have Nots.
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.
I've discovered the truth in this over the past few months. I have several stuck "friends" - it seems I'm something of a stuck people magnet. And that's okay. I'm happy to help and nothing makes me feel better than seeing someone break from their cocoon and fly. However... (How do I best say this without sounding arrogant and ostentatious, without sounding like a Passion Snob?) I'm sorry to say that I don't have a whole lot of patience for the Have Nots. Compassion, yes. Patience... eh... not so much. But, I've swallowed it down and I've tried. I've even tried harder.
This is not the result of me giving unsolicited advice. I am talking about people who approached me, specifically asking for help. I offered suggestions, tools, and techniques. I emitted exuberance in hopes that some would rub off. All were met with a big But - always an excuse of some sort. Still, I gave these people the benefit of the doubt and followed up with questions, ideas and more suggestions. I was encouraging, uplifting, and fervent. Nothing worked. They didn't want it to work, so my efforts really had no impact. And that's okay. Hey, it only riles me a little bit that these are people that consistently complain about their lives and how much they wish things were different, or they regularly post inspirational quotes without seeming to apply them. They began to feel like baggage to me, these people. Energy vampires, they actually seem to thrive on being unhappy and unfulfilled.
What it comes down to is that they lack passion in their lives. They have no zeal for anything. And... here's the harsh part... I can't carry their weight. I can't be passionate for them. So, I've quietly disengaged. I've withdrawn from their lives. There is my sadness.
Funny thing is, I used to be afraid of my own passion. Now I don't know what I'd do without it. And... maybe I really am a Passion Snob. I suppose I could be kinder and call myself a Passion Zealot, but why pull punches? Either way, I think I've proved myself on some fairly tough ground, and I think I've earned my stripes. I'm alive.
If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you, and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you.
~T. Alan Armstrong
Posted by Barb Black at 5:27:00 AM