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    Follow the rainbow

    I just read an article that stated that passion is not something you follow.  It follows you.

    This is a shift.

    My dad taught me to learn to love what I do and not only to seek to do what I love.  It did not sound right at the time, and mostly, it did not sound like fun.  But I was an obedient child and did as I was told.  I must say, it served me well.  I taught my children to follow their rainbow.  They are.  To tell you the truth though, there is no telling where that rainbow is taking them.  Not an easy thing either.

    Now that I have seen both sides of the story I know that not everyone is born with an identified passion. Few are actually. Too many are waiting for it to hit them over the head though.  It is no knight in shining armor.  More often than not, it is a discovery.  It is likely that it will rise from discovering what you are really good at and that which brings you much satisfaction.

    It implies an action first. Then a passion.  Not necessarily the other way around.

    So it is OK to experiment and to spend some days in a place that may not be all that exciting.  No need to panic.

    Many people I work with are stuck in a place they don’t like. They want out but they don’t know where to go.  Those who trust themselves to move forward and take a first step have a tendency to eventually land in a happy place.  Others who prefer to wait for the solution to present itself tend to remain where they don’t want to be for a long time.

    You can’t wait for passion to come to you the way you wait for the bus.  It is up to you to move towards it and be prepared, it is often where you least expect it.

    This is why being curious, being open, taking risks and trying things on for size is so important.   Try it.  If you are afraid to do so, ask someone to guide you through the process.  You will never look back.

    How you lead yourself, and others, matters.

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