There are two basic human emotions, love and fear. When faced with an obstacle, you can choose to act out of love or out of fear. Reacting to the obstacle out of fear only results in panic. Embracing the difficulty with love can encourage a deeper insight and self-knowledge. Passion was the first of the five strategies I used, to overcome the obstacles I encountered during my recovery from a serious brain infection and subsequent paralysis.
Have you ever been so captivated by something that you lost track of time? Or is there something or someone that has you so charmed that they can instantly bring about a smile? This deep-seated force is passion, and it cannot exist without love.
Instead of focusing on the difficulty or the thing you “can’t do”, bring to light what you would like to do. For example, if you are concerned about a medical condition rather than directing your attention to the disease, try focusing on good health. We bring into our lives the very things that we focus on.
When I was in the hospital and confined to a wheelchair, I found it very difficult to get and stay motivated during my recovery. I did, however, feel inspiration to start to gain independence when in the presence of my 3 year old niece. During my visits with my niece, I would be so taken in by her unconditional love and the joy she exuded that I lost all awareness of pain and difficulty. My passion to be part of my niece’s life encouraged me to find the strength and courage to begin my own healing. My desire to re-engage with life was ignited by the passion I felt for my niece.
The desire to fulfill any goal is strengthened when it is infused with passion.
“If you have ever felt such tremendous enthusiasm and desire for something that you would gladly spend all your waking hours working on it, that you would happily do without pay, then you have found your passion.” – Sharon Cook & Graciela Sholander