Human beings are superheroes. We can fly, we have X-ray vision, we can climb buildings. We also have the power to change our minds about how we view the world. There is no need to get lost in the everyday routine of life. We are strong, intelligent, capable beings, and the power to live life to the fullest is right in our hands. We only have to accept that there are no limitations to what the world can offer us. If we open our eyes to what inspires us, the world is our playground.
As Ken Robinson states in his book “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” figuring out what inspires and fires us and then getting out there and doing it results in what he calls “the element.” He describes the element as the “meeting point between natural aptitude and personal passion.” (page 21) When we find this element, we discover a place where our natural capabilities and the things we most love to do collide. We don’t experience superficial happiness, which is fleeting and totally based on emotion. We are connected to a deep inner sense of worth, of fulfillment, and an inherent knowledge that this, this passion we have found for ourselves, is us.
As Os Guinness describes in his book “The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life,” we want to live for something definite. (page 2) We want to leave our legacy on the world. But getting to this point isn’t going to be easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. The key to finding our passion is first of all, being ok with who we are. If we constantly berate ourselves and self-loathe, there is no way we will ever be able to truly know what inspires us. We need to take the time to sit, breathe, and just be. To be at peace with ourselves is to be able to think calmly about our lives and find the inspiration to pursue our passions. Finding our passion leads to a deeper sense of fulfillment, which leads to a meaningful life.
Guinness, Os. “The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life.” Thomas Nelson, Inc, Oct. 7, 2003.
Robinson, Ken. “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.” Penguin, 2009.