by Michelle Porchia
I would like to believe that all of us are passionate about something. As entrepreneurs, we are passionate about our business. As employees, I would hope we are passionate about our work and whatever other passion we may have. As people, I hope we are passionate about life and making a difference in some way.
There are times, however, when our passionate fire may be burning us out. The heat may make it difficult for us to see clearly, to be creative or to be productive. Sometimes we don’t believe we have our passion or feel it is waning.
There are times we may need to step back, take a break and reevaluate where we are and where we want to go. We need to be still and listen for the inner voice to guide us. There may be times when our passion takes on a different persona or looks a little different than it did at first. Sometimes our passion may grow, change shapes or shift entirely.
We need to be open to possibilities and follow what may be a new path. My focus has shifted from predominately staff development to coaching. It does not mean I’ve lost my passion for facilitating workshops and working with staff on their development. It means I use my passion differently and my focus has shifted.
A friend of mine is an amazing creative person. She designs/sews, gardens, sculpts, paints, draws, cooks and decorates. She plans amazing trips to Europe and could be a historian. She became a nurse. She also teaches nurses. Over the years, she has done all, some or none of her creative talents. She is an amazing nurse and we could use more nurses like her. My point: this is an amazingly talented woman. At various times in her life she has used her talents, or not. The passion has never died. It comes forth when she is ready to let it in whatever form comes forth.
I want to believe our passions don’t die. Sometimes we need to step back and reevaluate where we are and where we are going. Sometimes we just need a break.
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