OK, I'm a pencil -- or as PHEBESS exuberantly commented, a whole SET of coloured pencils -- although not, as another Sparkie wishes (sob sob sob) "pencil thin"!! Remember "pencil thin"? No, neither do I, just the desire to be so. And thankfully the desire to be so has also passed . . . never happened, never gonna happen and a goal that required more energy and attention than it was worth!!.
The Spark article I've linked to above is entitled "Reignite Your True Passion". It's really about when we enjoy most being that pencil!! And whether it's possible to be alert to those situations in which we are able to feel "best used" I suppose!!
How to identify those situations? The article suggests three questions:
1. What job would I be doing if money were no object? If I'd won the lottery (and no, I don't buy lottery tickets). What job would I be doing if it didn't matter what they paid me? Because I'd feel that my skills and abilities were being put to their best use? I'm sure Michael Neill is making lots of money doing what he's doing but I'm equally sure that he's doing what he's doing because that's what makes him feel most alive most days . . . . He's pretty clearly not engaged in coaching Three Principles inside out to impress people or to pad his resume or to win a contract or . . . in fact if he were, he'd be absolutely ineffective at his job. But we don't need to be Michael Neill OR to win the lottery to experience that sense of being rightly used: "Yes, this is what I'm meant to be doing". Asking myself the question helps me think about where my own true passions lie.
2. What charity would I donate to if I had a spare million dollars? Nope, I don't. And I'm more likely to donate time and energy to daily interactions --- pro bono, no charge for a client really in need -- than to donate money to big organizations. But again, that's a question that helps me identify what issues matter most to me. Justice, fairness, advocating for the vulnerable, helping: but also beauty and strength, warmth and calm. Which people don't experience when they're immersed in injustice . . .
3. When I'm so totally absorbed in an activity that I forget to check my phone for messages, what have I been doing? Well, I'm not a "social media" person and I seldom have my phone at hand at all (to the frustration of my kids who like most normal people communicate primarily through text!!) But yeah: what activities draw me so intensely into the present that I forget everything else and feel most alive and engaged? Walks in the woods, watching birds, my exercise and stretching routine . .. filing my own well of beauty and strength, warmth and calm.
So I'm not fighting the artist or trying desperately to take control of the pencil!!
Yeah, the three questions are useful!! What about you? What job, what charity, what activity ignites YOUR passion? So that you too feel contentment and flow in the picture you're being used to create?