Is Your Heart Aflame?

by Kathy Ruff

     Do you have a passion that makes your heart warm and tingly?  Is there something you always wanted to do but haven’t?  Why not?

     One of my passions is to be outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature in all its glory.  I enjoy breathing in the fresh fragrance of pine needles, dirt and morning dew. 

     On my favorite bike route I’m blessed to see Mountain Laurels in bloom in June. This Pennsylvania state flower displays its natural glory and essence, sharing its beauty and positive energies with all passersby.

     That’s what I believe we’re meant to do, too.  I must admit I do not always pursue that passion.  I give excuses about why I don’t hit the trails — I’m too busy, too tired; it’s too cold, too hot, too crowded.  The excuses vary but the result is the same — I don’t get outdoors enough.  That creates a sense of unrest and unfillment in me that slowly drains both my spirit and energy. 

     What benefit do I get from not pursuing my passion?  The real answer is none.  So this morning I pursued my passion, went for a short bike ride and recharged my spirit.  Yes, it was cold, but I wore gloves and a scarf.  Yes, I had a deadline today and work to do to meet it, but I knew I not only wanted but needed to get outdoors.  

     As expected, my small  investment paid huge dividends.  I came home refreshed and invigorated.  I finished my article in record time and my day unfolded naturally and relatively stress-free.  For me, acting on my passions yields unparalleled benefits.

     Is your heart aflame?  Are you fully engaged in life and pursuing your passion? Why not use the power generated by that passion to create a rich and full life? 

About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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