Friday, October 9, 2009

What are you passionate about?

A woman called me last week to ask if I were offering any jobs at my gallery. After meeting with her and talking for a while I asked her what her passion was, if she could do anything what would it be? She immediately said with much enthusiasm, “I would paint!” but then backed down with, “Well, anything to do with being creative”.

Chris and Janet Attwood say in their inspirational book, The Passion Test, “Your passions are like breadcrumbs, leading you on to fulfill your life’s purpose”.
What are your passions? What is your dream come true? What is holding you back from realizing your dreams? May I suggest that you take some time to write down your answers to these questions. As you do, meditate on this passage from one of my favorite books by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love.

Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
or gorgeous
or talented
or fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
You playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in every one of us.
And as we let our own light shine,we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear of our own excellence,
our presence automatically liberates others.
And excellence becomes the standard of all our lives.

The year, 1968, the place, Ogunquit, Maine. Two little girls are standing in a gallery, taking it all in.
One says to the other,. “Some day we are going to be famous artists”.
That little girl who spoke of her happy future was me. At the tender age of eleven years old my passion for art was spoken out loud into the universe creating a path yet to be.

I would love to hear what you are passionate about. Email me at Let it be a step to proclaiming your excellence!

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