“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” Hegel
Passionate living normally arises from two separate but united fronts. One is being on the edge. The other is being in the center. And we need both. What I mean by being on the edge is the high adventure of being on the cutting edge of a new endeavor. Or it can be the excitement of infusing an old endeavor with brand new possibilities.
There is something innately exhilarating about going where no man has gone before, of blazing a brand new path, or risking reputation for the sake of a radically new venture. Ask Galileo, Michelangelo, Edison, Einstein, Gates, and a host of lesser lights about the internal ignition of “on the edge” living. Certainly it will be frightening, certainly it will be risky; but it will also be exhilarating. As Mark Twain put it, “To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else – these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other cheap and trivial.” How true!
It is on the edge that life upgrades to the point of true exhilaration. And this exhilaration helps fuel the passion to make something extraordinary of our lives. Hegel is exactly right – “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” And passion very often blossoms most bountifully along the ridges of innovation.
But passion is generated not only by being on the edge, but also in the center. What I mean by this is that there is a unique passion which arises in the soul of a man or woman when they come home to what they were made for. It’s what many call being “centered” – that intangible but undeniable sense of finding and being found by what we were made for. Alexander Solzhenitsyn said at age fourteen, “I knew that I was born to write”. It is rare for someone to discover their highest calling that early in life, but there is no escaping it once found. Best-selling author W. Clement Stone writes, “When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” He’s exactly right.
The taste of attacking life from a passion which springs forth from the depths of one’s personal and unique design is a cuisine unrivaled by the shallow and insipid finger foods of mere comfort and security. Saying “no” to vanilla is far easier when it is being exchanged for that flavor which thrills a man to the core of his being and excites a passion within him deeper and richer than any he has ever known before. And that, my friend, can only come from living out one’s extraordinary dream. In other words, a centered life.
Dwight is a best-selling author, popular motivational speaker, former tennis professional, and the senior pastor of Woodsedge Community Church/Houston. He has spoken thoughout the U.S. and in may parts of the world for the last 30 years. Dwight summarizes his reason for writing these weekly columns, ” I have a passion for communicating the life-changing message of how ordinary people can live extraordinary lives. I love inspiring individuals to develop peak performance in their daily lives, to find the courage to follow their dreams, and to reject the “vanilla” life that we all tend to fall into from time to time. Over the years of speaking to many organizations and people, I have become convinced that we all need ongoing input for inspiration and motivation. These weekly columns are devoted to this very need.” We believe you will enjoy and be enriched by his thoughts.
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