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Does Passion Create Joy or Suffering? Yes It Does!

“Passion makes the old medicine new: Passion lops off the bough of weariness. Passion is the elixir that renews: How can there be weariness when passion is present? Oh, don’t sigh heavily from fatigue: seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!” - Rumi How many times have you heard an elevator speech that started “I’m passionate about helping…?” Or been told “do what you are passionate about and the money will follow?” Your passions say a lot about you – it’s why I am often asked during interviews “So, Dixie, what are you passionate about?” (Watch David Siteman Garland ask me that exact question on The Rise to the Top and you won’t need to read the rest of this post.) It’s a good question. One which often leaves us wondering “what AM I passionate about?” Because we know it is true – when we are connected to our passion we are fired up, busting through every barrier, feet barely touching the ground. When we are fulfilling our passion we believe in ourselves, we feel limitless and optimistic about what we can make of our future. A person who is living an example of their core passion attracts other people. Their energy attracts other energy (we call this multiplier affect “synergy”.) That is why when I coach clients on creating connections we start with tapping into this energy source. Because we cannot tap into that wellspring of energy unless we have access to its source. Often the question I hear people asking themselves and each other is actually “what are you passionate about DOING?” The word “passion” is derived from...