Passion – Learning to be hopeful

This post was original posted on Facebook on May 31, 2021 . and edited for meaning.

I have lost previous chickens and ducks to various circumstances. It never is easy, but holding my duckling really got me thinking about life in general. I have said before, and I am sure many of us think: I get along best with children and animals. I have always said it to others because I thought they are honest. Lately though, and realized that I have noticed it without realizing it…that they are also naturally passionate. Passionate about all things. There is a sense of passion that most adults seem to lose.

Up until recently, I have thought of passion as the alignment of what you feel and what you think. I am starting to realize that while it does require those two parts, that alignment needs to also happen without fear or hesitation. Most adults tend to “hesitate” in their responses and actions. As we grow older, we see less of the possibilities of life, and more of the certainties of life.

As we grow older, we see less of the possibilities of life, and more of the certainties of life.

Watching these ducklings, there are moments of fear and terror. But 99% of the time, they are excited. Excitement to forage for bugs, excitement when there is a new puddle to play with, excitement for clean water. All this excitement in a very dangerous world where just about everything is about to get them. If I leave them inside for their protection, they are constantly chirping in boredom! Even though something bad can happen, I leave them outside knowing that at least they are happy and excited.

Life is not easy. We all carry baggage. As we get older, we all take on more baggage. I am definitely no exception, regardless of what some of you may think. Let’s take COVID-19 out of the equation for a second…this year has been rough for me for various reasons. Last year as well. The year before that. To be perfectly honest, Feb 2019 was when I learned how to see things differently. As with all pivotal moments in our lives, you never realize it at the time. At the same time, I can say my life has been amazing as well. I would not change any of it.

I have also learned how to “move forward”, not hold on to the past. You will always get further in life making decisions hoping something new will work out over making decisions to keep from losing something you have or failing at some task. That hope is where passion lives. When live by trying to hold on to something, we live a life of fear and anxiety.

When live by trying to hold on to something, we live a life of fear and anxiety.

Back to these ducklings…the one that passed arguably had a good life. The 9 others are still having fun outside in the same dangerous world. Life goes on.

This is in a way I try to live my life. Not that we all should forget, or we can forget, but it is all a matter of moving forward like you did forget. In much the same way smiling itself can make us feel better, act in ways as if you DO NOT know how something will fail or go wrong. You may not feel better immediately, but I think you will eventually feel better in the long run.

I am a huge fan of Alan Watts, this quote speaks to me at this moment.

We thought of life by analogy, with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end; and the thing was to get to that end, success or maybe heaven after you’re dead.

But, we missed the point the whole way along, it was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.

That existence is musical in nature.

Alan Watts

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