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by Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh
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November 2010 Archives

Follow Your Passions

It's November, almost holiday time, and as Thanksgiving approaches here in the U.S., it brings to mind the experience of sitting around a food-laden table with significant others to express our gratitude for the good things in our lives. At these gatherings most of us have noticed relatives or friends who stand out because they seem happier and more contented than the rest. Why is this? There are many possible reasons, but we believe a key one is that these folks are following their passions.

Besides seeing relatives who embody this around the holiday table, how can we recognize this generally so we may apply it to our own lives? Watch people in the midst of doing something they love. They are energized, focused, and willing to keep going even if things get challenging.

To make this notion more concrete, check out the documentaries below for two compelling examples of people finding fulfillment doing something they love: one is about enthusiastic pumpkin growers striving to perfect their plants despite tremendous obstacles, and the other centers on a chorus of seniors who remind us all that it's never too late to pursue greatness. Note that "greatness" is in the eye of the beholder, and what drives you will not necessarily be things that will make you a big shot on Wall Street or the envy of society - but that's the point - what matters to you will be unique and will fuel you in a way that is special to you and may have no relation to what others are seeking.

We encourage you to watch these stories to feel inspired to chase your passions and to help you be one of the lucky, contented people at the table this and every Thanksgiving Day!

Lords of the Gourd
http://www.pbs.org/previews/lordsofthegourd/

Young at Heart
http://www.youngatheartchorus.com/index.php

Self-Discovery Tool Number 32
This Thanksgiving, let's be thankful for what moves and motivates us, and put that gratitude into action by following our bliss. Watch these documentaries or others like them, ask loved ones who are doing what they find deeply satisfying how they do it, and then think of small ways you could try this for yourself. The possibilities are endless. Happy Thanksgiving!