Sunday, September 9, 2007

Another Dose of Something Passionate

I like this "Dose of Something Passionate" so much that perhaps I will make it a Monday ritual. Who says Mondays can't be passionate?

Passion as defined by Merriam-Webster is: "a strong liking or devotion to some activity, object, or concept; or an object of desire or deep interest; enthusiasm; zeal."

How can we infuse passion, or more enthusiasm, into our everyday lives? Some ways that come to mind are: making every moment count, cooking with love, do something out of our ordinary routine, pick some flowers, or just stop and smell them, doing mundane tasks with our mind devoted to the task, or doing something nice for someone and not letting them know who did it.
Do you have any practices that you do to make your life more passionate?

I have a friend who was forced to come face to face with himself when his wife left him abruptly about five years ago. He opened himself up fully to the challenge, looking in all the deepest parts of his soul and being, searching for meaning, for answers. He emerged from that difficult process a more passionate and happier human being. He found his enthusiasm for life, for family, for his profession, for friends, for the spirit, and eventually, for love again. As he was coming into "his own" he wrote me a note that I've never forgotten. It said:

"Life is…too short…too strange…
so precious…so precious…
there is no time not to express
love…so Love!"

I can't think of anything more passionate than that sentiment.

Have a passionate Monday. Oh, why not make it a passionate week?


12 comments:

Dana said...

I think this would be a fabulous weekly post! Thank you for the inspiration!

Maryann said...

I'm passionate about my family and feeding them well:) Your friend is right. Love is the great healer. Let's all add more to our days as you suggest. Wonderful post.

The Passionate Palate said...

Dana - thanks for the encouragement. I think I will do this.

Maryann - Thanks for sharing what you are passionate about. It's wonderful to encourage each other, isn't it?

sognatrice said...

I love this idea too. I missed it yesterday, but if you don't mind, I'll go ahead and have a passionate Tuesday ;)

The Passionate Palate said...

Sognatrice, hmmm, I don't know about that Passionate Tuesday business. It sounds a little risky to me. ;-) hehe....oh, geez, why not? I think I'll join you!!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is why I love cooking something "special" on a regular basis! I think people should always have much passion in their lives!

Ilva said...

Looking forward to see what comes out of this!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I agree so wholeheartedly...

And I practice it regularly!

To love... The greatest gift we can give, and get.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

african vanielje said...

ove your pizza and am trying very hard to have a passionate week. I have been passionate about fresh veg from the garden, my daughter, africa, sunshine, cats, a new job, but am failing miserabley to be passionate about housework this week.. Never mind, there's always next week

The Passionate Palate said...

Jenndz - I hear you sister! I think so many of us feel that way about cooking. As African Vanielje's mother (or grandmother) said, "if you can't cook something with passion, then order pizza!" (Apologies to AV for grossly paraphrasing.)

Ilva- me too! It's an adventure that I'm up for.

Scarlett - I knew I liked you for some reason! ;-) hehe

AV - it's a good thing we get lots of chances to live passionately. Life is a classroom, isn't it?

Maxine said...

I love the idea of passionate mondays, they are known as boring long days so looking at them as passionate days make all of us feel better on mondays.

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The Passionate Palate said...

Maxine - that was my thinking precisely!