Rear View Mirror Of Life
by Robyne Highsmith
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Morning dew falls on the grass to keep it refreshed for the new day. Taxi horns sound off and people teeter out for a day in the city. The sun has risen onto the concrete jungle and coffee aroma fills the cool air.
Here I sit, 16 floors above New York City, watching people run though the maze of life. Most in search of an "ordinary life". The expected nine to five, productive children, the savings account, and vacation photos to share with the neighbors . Most are comparative, complacent and unremarkable. What has made people so willing to exchange risk or potential for mediocrity?
Passion is defined as... A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. Warning, you can't seek passion, passion seeks you. It is the voice inside that says there must be more to life than this. Without it, you struggle to breathe, gasping for life. I often wonder how we get so out of touch with our passion or how we divorce ourselves from our hearts.
Time is the major thief to passion, don't let it steal yours.The years fly faster than you think. Passion may be discovered in an instant, or take many long years to uncover. You will know you have it when your heart of hearts speaks. "I don't care what other people think. I know this is what I want to do, and I am going to get started making it happen" .God will provide you with the time,place, and people to use your gift.
In order to share your passion with others, you must be willing to stumble. Is there such a thing as failure or is it just learning what will not work for you? Think of all the inventions and success stories you know.There was a point where each of them wanted to give up and move on. Don't let that happen to you.
Finding your passion.....
1. Break Rules
Were there really any to start with? Eat something new for breakfast. Take a different route to work. Say hello to someone you never speak to. Spend your lunch time differently. Smile at others in the elevator, call someone you have not spoken to in a long time. I challenge you to do something new and change your routine. Transformation starts one day at a time.
2. Art is Therapy.
Color your passion. Buy a coloring book and crayons. Yes, this is not rocket science, it allows you to once again explore the world though the eyes of a child. A few pictures, you will feel the stress fall off. Trust me on this one. Paint sew,write anything creative will allow that little voice inside to speak via pictures.
3. Give of Yourself
Everyone has the same 24 hour day. Pick one hour to help someone else." What can I do in one hour? I barely have time to get something done for me." Yes, I hear you. Write a letter to a hero anysoldier.com or send a card volunteermatch.com is a great site and someone needs you.
4. Don't Move
When is the last time you noticed a cloud, admired a flower, and looked at nature? Mysteries are all around you, however, you might be to busy to see them. Before you go to bed, take a look at the stars and reflect about life. Think about the challenges you have overcome and all the achievements.
5. Broaden Your Horizons
There are so many ways to live and learn. Start a journal, take a free class, go to the library, watch educational TV . One thing the world can not take from you is knowledge and the power it holds. Now is the time to expand your mind and your passion. We are the product of what we take in, no more or less. If you don't have knowledge of something, how can you envision it?
Fast forward.... When it's all over and you're doing a life review. Are you going to be full of "should have, could have, and would have" disease? What will you see in your rear view mirror at the end of life?
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