Last week my dear friend and colleague went on extended leave from work. I came in the next morning sad she wouldn’t be there, but there on my desk she’d left me a present. A pen, a notebook and a card with this quote on it. She knew how much I loved my writing and how important it was to me and her gift totally acknowledged that. It got me thinking about two things; the first was how special it is to have thoughtful people in your life and second was how lucky am I to have a passion.
I hope you have people in your life who make you feel special and valued. It’s like having a present which we mustn’t take for granted. It made me question if I acknowledge the passions and hobbies of the people in my life enough. Instead of asking a generic, “How are you?” I’ve been trying to be more specific, asking questions about their interests, “How is your photography going?” And it is amazing to feel the energy and enthusiasm in their response and that in turn fosters a deeper connection between us. So take the time to acknowledge the passions of friends and family specifically because it’s wonderful to see the people you care about energized and happy.
On a personal note this quote rang true at a different level. There is a deep-seated contentment in doing something you’re passionate about. The time spent goes quickly and it is the act of doing rather than reward which consumes you. I think when you do something wholeheartedly you devote your concentration to it. While that can be tiring, it is actually a gift to be able to concentrate on something fully, without compromise. It’s like your brain breathes a huge sigh of joyful relief that it only has to focus on one thing.
So embrace the pleasure your passions and hobbies bring you, let them release creativity and enthusiasm. And at the same time recognize and acknowledge passions in your nearest and dearest. After all happiness can be fleeting, so nurture it in yourself and the people you care about.