Our passions are the frosting on the cake of life. Mine are evident from my blog posts. The majority are in regard to my family, faith, and writing. I also am passionate about healthy living and Alzheimer’s research and support. A day without at least one of these, is a sad day indeed.
My relationship with God is primary. My family is my greatest joy. And writing allows me to utilize my creativity in a ministry of offering readers credible information, guidance, and hope.
Living and breathing these passions is the fuel that keeps me going. I’ve faced, and am facing, a tremendous number of challenges in several areas of my life, and I’m keeping afloat because of the blessings of my passions. They give purpose and value to my pain and growth.
Studies repeatedly find that people who have a purpose live longer and healthier. Our passions make us happy, and when we are happy, blood pressure and stress lowers, both of which positively impacts our health tremendously. They give reasons to drag ourselves out of bed. They offer an outlet to express ourselves and make us feel like our lives matter, what we do matters, we matter.
We typically have several passions. But if you are contemplating what yours might be, think about how something makes you feel. Most often, passions are ways in which we share the best of ourselves with others. Ask yourself these questions:
Who or what means most to you?
Do you use your talents and gifts? How so?
How do you express your creativity?
What do you do for your closest circle of family and friends?
What types of goals do you set for yourself?
How do you help other people, animals, or our planet?
Making time to be aware of and delving into our passions every day brings joy. However, maintaining balance is essential. Anything we take to an extreme, can develop into an addiction. We are more than one thought or activity. I enjoy a piece of chocolate in the afternoon. But it wouldn’t be a treat if it was the only food I ate.
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