I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone and told him that I’ve been blogging again and I already knew he had been reading them. I was telling him that I was getting traffic and wondering if he was going to tell me I was wasting time. But his comment surprised me a bit, he said, “You know, as a person who spends most of his time in a creative mode (he’s a musician), I know that there is something in a person who is made like you and me that just blossoms when we are allowed to be creative.”
He went on to say, “If I was raising children again, I would want them to experience creative outlets and let them explore in various fields like music, art, and writing until they found the niche that fit them best and they were happiest.” There’s a lot of wisdom in those words. He knows me well. He can hear the smile in my voice when I am writing or creating something. It doesn’t matter if it is a blog post, a client’s resume, someone’s LinkedIn profile, a newsletter, marketing piece, or an article for publication, when it comes together, I just feel delighted. I can hear that in his voice when he writes a new song or performs a concert.
What ever your passion is, when you are doing what really makes you happy, it changes you. For me, I bounce around and smile a lot when I feel like I am using the gifts God gave me. I guess in many ways, I have been blessed in my life because though there are things I do that I don’t enjoy, like processing paperwork and posting data, much of my life is spent doing things I love.
I know that many people don’t find a way to use their passion in what they do and they see work as drudgery and a burden. For me, I would find it hard to stay in a job that I hated. I would work very hard to put myself in a position where I could have enough money saved up so I could move into something that made me happy. For me being happy in whatever you do is critical.
How about you? Are you joyful in what you do? I don’t think it needs to be isolated to writing, art, or music. I’m also happy when I am cooking or gardening because both bring out my passion and creativity. I know people whose joy comes from solving complex math problems or analyzing scientific data. Whatever makes you feel that intense level of happiness or joy is most likely your passion and you will do best working in an environment where a good part of your time is spent on that area.
So what makes you happy? (The picture above is our dog, Teddy, and he always makes me happy!) And are you doing it right now? If not, are you thinking of how the thing that makes you happiest can be a focus of what you are doing for the rest of your life?
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