Live With Passion

Deb -lrgSeveral months ago, I approached my director with the idea of this blog. I wanted to be creative; I wanted to answer the multitude of questions I get on a daily basis, and I wanted a forum to pass along current information that would benefit prospective students, current students and alumni. I've always had a passion for writing and research, and I thought it would be ideal to be able to incorporate that into the job I already love.

When I told my daughter about my new project, her immediate comment was, "Why in the world would you create more work for yourself?" That thought hadn't crossed my mind; I was so excited about this new undertaking! She was right, though. I had created more work for myself and committed to some deadlines that I wasn't sure were possible. Added to that, of course, was the stress that might accompany this new endeavor.

My daughter opened up a can of worms and concern replaced euphoria. Had I bitten off more than I could chew? Several frowns and wrinkled brows later, I decided to throw caution to the wind and I was back on track. I was challenging myself, enhancing my job, and I'd been given the opportunity to channel the passion that I feel for the university and the field of massage therapy. It would definitely be more work but it would be fueled by my determination and enthusiasm.

My observation over the years, especially here at National, is that the happiest and most productive people I know are passionate about life, work and family. They radiate an infectious enthusiasm that is a magnet for the people around them. They seem to perform feats bordering on the impossible, while keeping sane and centered. They pursue their dreams, make them happen, and dare the rest of us to do the same.

So, my project HAS turned out to be more work and HAS shaken up my world a bit, but it has kept me thinking and exploring and it has instilled in me a sense of accomplishment. I am moving forward and may stumble a bit, but movement is good, change is good, and the stimulation is immeasurable!

Be passionate about all that is yours and if passion is absent from your life, pursue it as if your life depended on it.