The Passionate Life!

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
Bette Davis (1908 – 1989), The Lonely Life, 1962

Someone commented the other day that they were happy to know that my passion was helping women know their worth.  I was thinking that, as parents of addicts, it’s easy for that role to take us over and become the central way we define ourselves.  YUCK!  So I have a question for you all:

WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?  Mine are (a) helping women know their worth and guiding them through times of life change and spiritual searching, (b) performing arts — both as audience and performer, (c) words and writing, (d) family and game nights!  (In no particular order)

An Assignment:  Please respond to this post and list some of your passions.  Tell us about what you love to do — and then plan a time when you will do one of those things over the next week.  How about that??  And please suggest this post to others.  Let’s see how many of us we can get to walk on the plus side!  THANKS — you are all terrific, loving, strong parents.  And don’t you forget it!

8 responses to “The Passionate Life!

  1. My passions are a) spin class b) walking ( I just signed up for a 1/2 marathon (my first in april for lymphoma) c)Reading and lastly D) my animals. I started Monday training everyday for my 1/2 marathon and I have done it every day so far no matter how I feel. I am reading daily but have now gone from novels to soaking up everything I can about addiction so I can better understand my daughter when she comes home although I think that is going to be a real challenge and a day by day process. When I am feeling really low and hurting for my daughter and my family I just cuddle with all my animals. Most of them she brought into the house but I am the caretaker (3 dogs and 3 cats). Thanks for this post I will continue to work and do the things I love.

    • Thanks, Renee! I applaud your marathon goal! Regular exercise is one of my challenges. I hope I can do a 1/2 marathon someday!

  2. This is a great idea, I will link here! We have some similar passions.

    My passions are: 1) Helping women overcome the trauma of being raped or sexually abused and seeing themselves as survivors rather than victims 2) Music – classic rock and rhythm and blues to be specific, I LOVE live music and need to get out to hear it more often 3) writing, reading, learning 4) learning about addiction/recovery and doing something to stop it from happening to so many families 5) my pets, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 3 rats. (I just realized I have a blog on three of these subjects!)

  3. photography. but the 7 year old used my camera alot when she was three,and sort of broke it…and there hasn’t been money to get a new one since then LOL. apparently, HER passion is/was also photography?

  4. Quilting! In addition to making them (or quilted totes, purses and table runners!) for myself and friends/family, I have decided to celebrate my 55th birthday in April by hosting a quilting bee where all my friends get together with their machines and scraps to make string quilts for the women’s crisis center in my father’s town. I’ll post pix on my blog when this happens, but anyone interested in seeing what a string quilt is, can just google it. It truly is frugal quilting and we hope to put an explosion of cheerful color on each bed and crib in the Women’s center. These ladies are running from abusive situations and could use some bright color and the hug of a quilt!! That’s my passion…. I’ve been working hard all week to try to free up significant time this weekend to quilt. Have a great weekend!

  5. My passions are:

    1. Helping people who are opiate dependent find a safe and sustainable path to recovery

    2. Helping their parents learn about addiction/recovery

    3. The Written Word (reading, writing, books, typography, book design)

    4. Food from garden to table (growing, cooking, eating)

    5. Being happy, and appreciating the good things


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