Ripples v11.24: Sparks of Fire!

Ripples v11.24: Sparks of Fire!
The Ripples Project is a tribe of 22,507
who believe tiny actions create big possiblities
Monday, June 22, 2009


My fingers emit sparks of fire with expectations of my future labors.
-William Blake, submitted by Terry H., Franklin WI



Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting…and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.
-Angel (character on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), submitted by Leah P., Wisconsin


In some of my presentations I describe passion as PURPOSE in ACTION, taking place in an enriching ENVIRONMENT.

In order to be successful in any specific endeavor (project, class, job, school, life) You need to have a PURPOSE: a well-defined mission or set of objectives, and you need to set that purpose in motion through ACTION. In order to sustain your passion, that “purpose in action” must take place in the right ENVIRONMENT, a place where you and your purpose can be encouraged, nurtured, and supported.

Perhaps this week you can take a look at your life in general, or maybe one specific project or component of your work/school/life, and examine it to see how well you have defined its PURPOSE, how consistently and effectively you are taking ACTION, and how supportive your environment is. Perhaps you can tweak one or more of the three components and watch your PASSION emit more sparks!


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