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Passion...THE driving emotion. Thursday May 21, 2015

Last week I offered some 'stuff' about the importance of emotions in our lives.

No emotion = no action & No action = no change.

This is especially important if those of us with mental illness which re-occurs, wish to work to diminish their effects or longevity. You could also be the partner or carer for someone with mental health issues.

So let's treat it (our lives) as something to become better and better a skill or even a sport.

What is it about Olympic sport that pulls us in? More than the demonstration of skill and talent, it's often the back story: How an athlete overcomes hardship or injury; how the underdog beats the odds on favourite; and how winning is not always measured in gold, silver or bronze.

For the two weeks of the biggest sporting event, the Olympics, we bear witness to the power of passion.

Passion is a powerful regenerative energy. It reminds us of who we are and the why's and what for's that brought us here in the first place. When there's alignment between who we are and what we're doing, we work – live and play - better.

While most of us don't live out our passion 24/7, each of us has something we feel passionate about - a career, a place, a cause, a hobby or maybe for some of us, it's just a healthy life! Passion is borne out of what we care about, what we love and what brings us joy - all heart felt emotions that serve us well. Passion lights up our lives and can help get us through the tough times.

Yet in the midst of too many emails to answer, too many deadlines to meet, too much to do (busyness), or simply getting through another day, it's easy for the flame of passion to fade away.

What is it inside you that would rediscover or reignite your passion?

Take a few moments and ask your heart: What matters most to you? What makes your heart come alive? What makes you truly authentic with yourself? (Remember what makes your heart sing April 2nd blog?)

Inscape not escape and feel the passion to be who you really are – as that is THE door to your happiness.

Some mental ill health is about a loss of who we are, as we seek to be socially accepted or 'successful'. To be accepted 'outside' however, we must first accept ourselves inside.

Do you have the passion to go deeper inside and do the real work of life on the only person you can change – yourself? You may find the answer to some of your darkness.

"To be nobody but myself – in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." E.E. Cummings.

And, regardless of your score, you win your game!

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Rupert Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 8:29am

Les I agree entirely. It is too easy to lose sight of the things that matter to you in the madly busy world that we live in and any passion we have is squeezed out of us by the daily grind. I find that I keep going back to things that I felt passionately about as a teenager eg a particular type of music or a love of running and that I still have the same feelings for them all these years later. It is important not to lose sight of the things that are dear to us and make us the individuals we are. Rupert

Bunnykins Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 9:41am

A helpful reminder, thank you Les :)

Mary Blackhurst Hill Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 4:07pm

I love this, Les. It has just been in the last twelve months that I have realised that writing is not just something I enjoy and am good at, but it is my passion and a really big tick in the "let's carry on living" side (sometimes I need all the ticks on that side of the balance sheet as possible). So I am loving learning more about my craft and practising. This is a great reminder that it's OK to foster that passion and not to feel guilty about writing instead of (say) cleaning the house or running round after my family. (They can run around and pick up after themselves!)

Anonymous Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 5:02pm

SO liberating isn't it Mary?! Let's abandon guilt about chores and focus on what really makes us feel good.
Thank-you Les for another brilliant blog.

Anonymous Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 5:38pm

My husband was reading your blog this morning over my shoulder -- something he NEVER does -- and your talk about passion 'went right into his brain' and brought a sharp focus to his current career situation. He's now talking about resigning. I don't know whether to thank you or not..... susan xx

Les Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 10:26pm

Follow your passion for sure....sounds like you know what yours are.....onward...

Les Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 10:27pm


Les Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 10:30pm

Hi guys

Write away Mary...........what's a balance sheet....?

Frankie......follow that 'makes you feel good', thing, vibe, route, sounds, sense, sumptuosity.........

Les Thu, May 21st 2015 @ 10:45pm

Hi Susan

Thank makes me really feel good, proud, humble......FAB

My question would be what made your husband read the blog...?
What have you done recently for him to 'want to' read a blog?

I left as a Chief Executive of a council at 38-42 as it was so against my values and I was slowly losing who I was I left a very well paid and guilt edged pensioned and 'safe job to stay me.

What is the point of having money and 'things' if you lose you......???

If you feel I can help your hubby - get my email from Caroline at Moodscope.

Aye - you could have a 'new' man and whether you are 'attached' to his role or what it brings......BIG decision you both need to things WILL change.....

In fact maybe don't get my email from may take retribution :-()

Take care
Les x

C A Morgan Fri, May 22nd 2015 @ 10:23am

Hi Les Two issues from your Blog made me stop & think this morning. The first was about the possible 'loss of self' that mental illness can bring as I do feel I lost a secure, relaxed, calm side of myself through struggling with severe depression and recurrences. Also in tandem due to physical illness & disabilty I lost my career, which I loved, and which had consequences re financial future and also loss of identity.

What I have down since is regrouped & tested myself out with voluntary work before trying some part-time non exec/Lay member roles which are currently and ironically healthcare related.

This brings me onto the second point which is about following your passion and I'm currently re-evaluating what I have got involved in as I lack stamina so walk/wobble a fine line before I get ill.

With less years in front of me than behind me I want to make the most of life, do something that makes a difference but also do more of the things I love which include travel, all things literary and being an aspiring writer.

I can't travel if I don't have some part-time income but struggle with chronic pain and fatigue to do that and leave myself some energy for writing & other stuff I love. So still juggling & it's not an exact science but your Blog has helped in shining a light on two key aspects of my current deliberations. Thank you.

Anonymous Fri, May 22nd 2015 @ 2:49pm

Les, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply and your offer of help. You have already helped enormously -- your blog has proven to be a most important catalyst for my husband. I love how the universe works. susan xx

Anonymous Sat, May 23rd 2015 @ 6:01am

Les, I've been ignoring my passion. It's time to bring it back! Thank you. Love ratg x.

Anonymous Sat, May 23rd 2015 @ 3:13pm

Hi Les, was good to see your blog. Struggling with passion myself. At work I feel like I am on an emotional roller coaster for various reasons, but although my current role is possibly not the right one for me (supporting rather than teaching young people), it has made me realise that I have an awful lot of passion for influencing and trying to help people, I just struggle using that passion in a constructive rather than destructive way. Outside of life have feeling somewhat 'blah' for a long time, despite discovering Meet Ups and finding all sorts of great music & dance minded people to get out and about with. Life feels contradictory. I have so much energy which I want to use, yet also feel I need to find a quieter place to be. Anyway, am going off point now and not really looking for a response, just that the topic of your blog is very resonant for me at this point. Thank you! Nancy

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