July 13, 2013

Insights by Michelle Libby


I heard a woman say she was looking for someone with passion to do a volunteer job. She didn’t mean passion in the romantic way, but passion in the way that someone devotes time and energy to something because they can’t imagine doing anything else with their time.

It got me thinking about what makes someone passionate about the environment, music or gardening. What makes someone drop everything they are doing to be emerged in that activity? And, how do you know what you’re passionate about? Just because you’re doing it, does that equal passion?
Is Governor LaPage passionate about helping Maine, or is that just his job and really he’s passionate about sales and running a successful business. For some I believe that their job is their passion, but for others working as a secretary or as an accountant isn’t their passion. Most times passion doesn’t sit on the surface - it’s under a few layers. I know a woman whose passion was creating jewelry, but she was stuck working as an executive secretary, or another woman who is an alumni relations director, but her passion is writing love stories.

How long does it take to find a passion? Is it like choosing a book in the library? Picking whatever is new on the shelf, or is passion more about something that speaks to a person’s soul? I don’t think passion can be chosen. I believe that you may have to kiss a few frogs to find your passion, but I think it’s out there and when you find it you will know it in your heart and soul. It will be that thing that makes you want to get up in the morning and the thing you think about before bed each night. Passion doesn’t have to be a life changing, philanthropic, do-good activity. It could be as simple as having a passion for reading. And, for those of you with that passion, I thank you and thousands of authors around the world, thank you, for without readers, having a passion like mine is nothing more than writing for my own satisfaction and right now, I get much more pleasure when I’m writing for you.

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