As I mentioned in my first and second posts, I sometimes struggle to find happiness in daily life – I think many people do. So I’ve decided to create a series called “Happy Hump Day!” Each Wednesday, I will write about my pursuit for happiness; not an artificial idea of happiness, but the art of actually being happy, and discovering this happiness in the every day.
I hope you will follow me in this series as I research and interview those that consider themselves happy, form navigational guidelines to make myself happy, and hopefully, help you find your own happiness along the way…
I am well aware that I am my own worst enemy. Frankly, I have always felt a bit lost and without a solid purpose – and I’m pretty sure this has been my biggest obstacle toward finding bliss. Ok, perhaps not complete bliss, but pretty darn close! I’m a firm believer that purpose and passion (P & P) go hand-in-hand and without these things, happiness can’t persist. Maybe I’m wrong in this assumption, and maybe this is why I struggle with finding happiness to begin with, but until I discover otherwise, it is this purpose and passion (or lack thereof) that drives my life. And presently, I’m simply driving down empty roads without a destination in sight.
So how does one going about finding one’s P & P? According to “52 Tips to Happiness and Productivity” on www.zenhabits.net, finding passion is an indispensable and imperative aspect of happiness. Or, as Barbara Ann Kipfer states in Field Guide to Happiness for Women, “finding your passion means connecting your head with your heart, engaging yourself that feels in a big, bold, spiritual way.” She suggests a list of questions to ask yourself “if you have yet to identify your passions:”
· List 5 things that you want. List 5 things that you’re good at. Do you know the difference?
· What interest, passion, and/or desire are you most afraid to admitting to yourself and others?
· What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?
· What would you do if money was not a concern in your life?
· Who do you know who’s doing something that you would like to do?
· What’s stopping you from moving forward with exploring your passion?
· What drives you, and what gives you satisfaction?
· What would you regret not having done if your life was ending?
Yikes! These are all demanding and thoughtful questions that I can’t answer lightly. With that said, I am going to take the week to ponder, and will have my answers for your viewing pleasure come the next series post. In the meantime, I would love to hear your own answers to some or all of these questions. What is your passion and are you living it?