“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you, and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.”
– T. Alan Armstrong
My lovely new friend Lesley has this quote in her email signature line. I love it. I am trying to live it at this very moment. I say “trying”, because following your passion is scary sometimes. No guarantees, very little idea of what the future holds, lots of unknowns and fears. It’s not necessarily a secure feeling place. Yet, I feel it is a necessity for me. Like breathing. And so, I AM making choices to follow my passion. I AM executing the “steps” I believe are involved in this endeavor, however slowly it seems to me at times. It’s just my mind (substitute ‘ego’) that gets in the way…and claims to be “trying” to follow a passion. I am on the path….my mind is slow in catching up to the idea. Kind of like dragging along the unwilling.
So for me, to read stories of others who bravely crash through their own minds’ limitations and follow their passions, is a soothing and inspiring balm for my skittish mind/ego. Perhaps a bit like a hot Rusty Nail on a cold and stormy night.
Lesley has done just that…written a book about the creative women in the Cowichan Valley. There was not one woman who’s fascinating story did not make me want to meet them if I had not already. I feel so fortunate to live in a place that is teaming with creativity and independence and non-conformity and strength and sustainability and inspiration and, and, and…I’ve said it before, I feel like I’ve found my tribe.
If you are in need of some inspiration, check it out – Lesley’s wonderful book is here:
And, if you happen to live in the area, there will be a Book Launch and HeART Party held at Embellish in Duncan on Feb 14!