What PASSION Can Do!
What brings you the greatest joy in your life? When do you find yourself working with unbridled enthusiasm … your mind, body and spirit all in tune to one thought, idea or creative task? This is called passion.
Passion can help you achieve some of your greatest work. However, it will seldom seem like work because you are happily and eagerly carrying out the task at hand. Even though there may be some tedious aspects of the process, you know that eventually you’ll get to a point where your creativity takes over and you are free to build whatever your heart desires.
The benefits of working with a passionate heart are too many to count. Did you know that research has proven time and time again that those who follow their creative passions can actually live longer? The first time I heard this, I thought about the late Frank Lloyd Wright, 20th Century’s best-known and most respected architect whose busiest time in his professional life was in his late eighties. Most famous for designing The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, he once said, “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” A master builder and lover of nature, he had a passion for life and his work.
A few years ago, my wife and I vacationed in Arizona. Not only did we have a chance to marvel at the grandeur, majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon, we also had an opportunity to see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, the mystic Painted Desert, and tour Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece, which was also his home. Mr. Wright believed that his architectural creations should become a part of nature and not compete with it. While visiting Taliesin West, we could definitely feel his spirit and appreciate first-hand the great passion Mr. Lloyd Wright had for his craft.
Another passionate, creative genius who comes to mind is Mr. Gordon Parks. He was a celebrated photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. Best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine, he was also the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. Mr. Parks lived to be 93 years old.
Grandma Moses, the famous painter, did not begin her art career until she was in her early seventies. Some of the world’s greatest artists did their best work near the end of their lives. This includes people such as Monet, Renoir, Matisse and many others. What I’ve learned is this, if we want more out of life, we must find something that we can truly be passionate about. The beauty of all this is, it’s never too late to start living life with passion.
In closing, I believe it’s important to remember the words of the late Norman Cousins, he once said, “The tragedy of life is not death, but what dies inside while we are living.”
Always put your passion to work, it will make a BIG difference!
– Spark Plug