Sunday, March 5, 2017

Passionate People

     I've noticed recently, as I watch those around me, that people surround themselves with those who are similar to them. Not a great revelation for most, but it was for me. I've been thinking about passion a lot lately and wondering if I surround myself with people who burn with ideas or are desperately sold out to something. I've come to realize these are my kind of people. Not the apathetic or self-centered person who wants not to give back but to take more from society. Not the driftless and aimless who climb on one bandwagon after another. It's taken me a long time, but I've realized, thanks in part of a dear friend of mine, that I am passionate about kids, how they're treated, and their need to succeed. Those are the people I surround myself with--like-minded souls who are champions for kids.
     So where did all this preponderance on passion begin? From my friend Jodi. The same one who hooked me with the idea of the WAR for Literacy conference. The same one whose grant I've been rereading for the past few weeks, helping her fashion words to express her unending passion for "kiddos" and her deep desire to see them get connected with caring adults and avoid the pitfalls of substance abuse.
     I'm a doer by nature and love to surround myself with other doers. They inspire me. I get great ideas that build off theirs. I am totally energized and stoked when I am with others who share my passion (kids), talk about ways to impact that passion (kids), and come up with ideas to do just that.
     My friend has a stand up idea that is so cool. And it is feasible. Realistic not idealistic. It can change people's lives, both kids and adults, if they buy into the idea. Just talking to my friend fires me up with ideas. In a recent email exchange after I finished reviewing her final draft, I told her this is a slam dunk and begged to be part of her team when she implements this program.Yes, you read that right...begged. She is doing something I've only dreamed of doing for the past fifteen years. She acted on my "some day thoughts." Are the ideas exactly the same? No, but they're close enough that it rejuvenates that dream in me. That's what this friend does. All. The. Time. All the time. She inspires me with her passion.
      This is who I want in my life. People who are passionate. My pastor is like this and I love that in him. He's passionate about our church impacting the Greater Grand Forks community in positive ways. He encourages us to volunteer outside the church, we give to groups and organizations in the community, both faith-based and not, who are making an impact in the cities. I love this about Pastor Paul. I love his passion.
     So how about you? Have you discovered your passion? Do you hang out with passionate people? If you don't feel you're enthused by much, find people who are and start hanging around them. Maybe some if it will rub off. And that could make all the difference.

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