Passion is BACK in Fashion

15 07 2010

Google the word passion, and what you’ll find is a lot of adult sites, dating sites, links to “The Passion of the Christ” and not much else. The word passion, and the concept itself are vastly underrated, and relegated to romance novels. To me, it is much more than that.

Passion is what gets me out of bed in the morning. It’s what motivates me, inspires me, pushes me to do more in my day, in my life, in my relationships, and in my world. If I am not passionate about something I will rarely waste my time. When I am passionate about something, there is no denying it. Everyone who meets me can feel that passion, That exuberance. It is not merely one of my qualities… it is the main quality that defines me.

Look at these blogs I’ve been writing, and it will come across. Whether it’s a blog about technology, surfing, or life lessons, my passion is obvious and inspiring.

What are you passionate about? What do you care about? What would you fight for?

Passion is a rare quality, and is often hard to find or describe. When you are passionate about something, it can change you, but usually that change is subtle, internal, and only noticed by those in your closest circle of friends. I propose that it shouldn’t be that way. I suggest you broadcast your passion, scream it from the rooftops, write it in blogs, tell your friends and family. When you meet someone who shares and shows their passion it is intoxicating, inspirational, and above all totally contagious.

When you come out of a movie theatre with someone who was charged up and fueled by what they just saw, and they share it openly with you, don’t you feel their excitement? Doesn’t it catalyze and change something within you? How many times has one person’s experience or point of view created a spontaneous debate or discussion that results in the two of you actively stating your beliefs, your opinions, your perspectives… even if they are diametrically opposed…. That’s the power of passion.

When I get up in the morning, and get my day started, if I don’t connect with some part of my passion I am dead in the water. Until I connect with something that I really care about, and feel in my bones my day doesn’t start. Yes, I may have breakfast, and go to work, and have phone calls and conversations, and get things done, but I’m just going through the motions… faking it… on autopilot. Be honest, how often has that happened to you? How frequently do you look at the clock and realize it quarter to one and wonder where your day went? Were you present for the first half of the day, or just in a fog, in a rut, in your head?

Passion is capable of bringing us 100% into the present, and keeping us there. Your heart rate increases, your pulse quickens, you are aware of everything on a completely different level.

I have a man in my life who taught me the intense value of focusing on our breath. It’s not merely meditation, although it is a form of that. It’s a way to be present, focused and awake. This man has found his passion. He teaches everyone around him how to connect to that quiet place inside your head, where the sound and feeling of the universe “breathing” you is present. Where you are present. When he talks about the power of focusing on your breath, you know how much he cares about it and it changes you. Suddenly you care about it too, and we are all bettered because of this man sharing himself, his knowledge and his passion.

I had to defend writing this blog to a friend of mine this past week. He is an awesome man, and I greatly value his perspective, but in this case he was just flat out wrong. He is so focused on his business, that in this case he missed the point. He is passionate about helping people, and helping them get their businesses on another level, and I can feel it… but I don’t always agree with it, and that’s OK, but I acknowledge his passion and am grateful for it.

He suggested that rather than waste my time writing this blog, I should focus on my technology blog that is part of my MacWhisperer brand… He told me I was diluting my value, and that my time was better spent furthering that brand, and making money from it. I should be doing more podcasts, video reviews of technology, training videos on how to use your iphone, ipod, ipad, and Mac products. He’s not wrong. I should be doing all of that and a lot more than I currently do, and there are only a limited amount of hours in the day, but he was just missing the bigger point of this blog.

You see, this blog is something I am truly passionate about. It charges me up to write it. To be creative. To share my thoughts and perspectives, and to acknowledge the path I am on in this life. For me, business is only one part of the multi-faceted life I am building here. This blog connects me to my higher purpose, gets me in touch with a power greater than myself, and motivates me to do more with my day every day. I could write a thousand technology blogs (and I am passionate about technology as well), but they would lack power, purpose, focus and vision without taking the few minutes to work on this blog first. Writing lifts me up, and then everything I do from that point on is better, stronger, and more full of LIFE and ENERGY.

And if my passion here can inspire someone else’s passion out there, all the better. We are, after all, all in this world to create a better experience and existence for ourselves and those around us.

So get PASSIONATE!!! Find out what you really CARE about, and let the world know, in any and every way you can. And I will keep on writing….


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4 responses

15 07 2010
Damien

I have a passion which I discovered at the age of 10-11.
I am going to try to describe her by an image.

– I start to describe the image-

When we hold a camera, some make just ‘ click ‘ and don’t think very much.
I realized that before and after this ‘ click ‘, there is :
I, the camera (and its possibilities, technologies….), people who surround me, the nature and the society (and some others thing).

During a lapse of time, I completely disregard all the parts which are in “move”.
Because, they make more than one.
And, there, I am in ecstasy during some minutes because I am active and reactive in many things which surround me.
No matter what will be the picture given by the camera after the ‘ click ‘, because there was something in me and around me which made that I was in osmosis.

The camera, the subject, me, the details which come gradually and what we ”enjoy”. Feeling accomplished during some seconds, or rather feel ALL completely.

Technology is not incompatible with passion, it’s a tool but not a way to think.
Do not make just ‘Click’. Enjoy the ‘CLICK’! 🙂

– End of the image –

Take a time to think at your next image(s). (!!!)

Best regards,

Damien.

15 07 2010
Sean

Passion IS essential. So is centering self and gettng in the right state of mind to face every day with your grand of life vision concrete and clear. Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth’ is amazing guide to help learn how do develop both.

17 07 2010
Charles

Dylan, I really enjoy reading your blogs. I really relate to them on a deep level and your heartfelt writing is truly inspiring.
I actually discovered your blog through Sherilyn. I’ve been a big fan of her acting career for many years and I am an avid follower of her blog (or “shares” as she prefers to call them) and her Twitter page. She always states what a great writer you are, and that made me want to check out your writing.
I loved that you mentioned Roy London in one of your previous posts because, oddly enough, I was actually thinking about him a few days before I read your blog. I had been meaning to rent the documentary “Special Thanks to Roy London” for quite some time, but never got around to it. Reading your blog inspired me to finally set aside time to view it. Watching it was a very emotional and profound experience for me. Even though I’m not an actor and never met Roy, I feel a deep connection to him, his life, his work and his words (in the two on-camera interviews he gave). His unconventional methods were breathtaking and how wonderful that Sherilyn connected with him on such a deep level.
Please keep writing. You and Sherilyn, as writers, have a lot in common. You both write with such a high level of insight and honesty. I always look forward to new postings from both of you.

22 07 2010
Mark Weiler

Ho!

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