Why passion and delight?
Those two words carry great meaning for me. Those concepts are of great significance and importance.
First there was delight.
Somewhere along the way, I realized that delight is my word. When it finally sunk in was reading Eat, Pray, Love where she talks about different cities having words and then each person having a word, and these words sort of define or sum up the person or city or whatever. Your word is at your core, in a sense.
Delight is my word, and more than that, it is my purpose.
For my feng shui training long ago, I had to come up with my life's purpose. In true Emerald style, mine was long and complex. But it felt like the right thing at the time.
But then later I did some important work with a group of women where we were working on identifying our stories, letting go of what we didn't want, and creating new stories for ourselves. It was during this work that a new purpose came to me:
I [verb] delight.
The verb can be lots of different things.
I facilitate delight.
I inspire delight.
I share delight.
I spread delight.
I scatter delight.
I cultivate delight.
I find delight.
I give delight.
I embody delight.
I am delight.
Later came the passion epiphany.
I was pondering what is most important to me in the way I live my life, and what I'd want to be known for.
The word passion emerged.
This is the large concept of being passionate. I strongly value passion for one's work or art or cause or family. I greatly admire passionate people, those who live passionately. I have a sense that someone who is living passionately is living a larger life.
For a long time now I feel I've been suppressing a lot of my true passionate nature, because it often makes me feel vulnerable to share it. I watered it down, calling myself enthusiastic, because that sounds safer and less intense. But now I understand it's like I've been sanding off the vibrant edge of life.
So now I strive to live both of these words in every moment, or really, to get out of my own way and let them emerge.
I have titled this blog Passion & Delight as a reminder to myself of what matters to me in my heart and soul.