The image is vivid in my memory – barefoot and tanned in the cool of the evening, rhythmically swaying the green hose back and forth over every plant and bush in our tropical yard. Even in the driest of summers, the small gardens were lush and popped with color.
I remember her relaxed posture and her expression somewhere far away from the present. As kids, we understood enough not to bother or interrupt.
Now, I understand the unspoken. This was her time to unwind and pour into something she loved. And in doing so, she was reconnecting with the inner breathing of her soul.
It’s ironic how some pieces of history repeat. So many years later, one of the first things I do after work is change my clothes and grab the garden hose. What was not completely grasped as a child is sacred as an adult. I don’t know if the reward is in the growing or the watering. I just know that in the process of making time for something I love, there is release and satisfaction and a thirst quenching refreshment.
And isn’t that what offering time to our passion is all about?
- Releasing expectations for the art of living
- Satisfying the yearning of our souls to breathe
- Refreshing the desires of our heart
It doesn’t happen by accident. It takes diligence and intention. It takes persistence and patience. Because our passions matter and we matter.
So, how to we offer time to our passions? How do we begin the watering process? It may not be as easy as the rhythmic spraying of a hose back and forth, but there’s something to be said for developing a system of watering. Perhaps there are elements which must be present each and every time we approach the watering process so our time and efforts produce results.
Speak your passion. Simplistic…maybe. Profound…Definitely! Our passions fight for a voice in our lives. Identifying them is one thing, but speaking them into existence acknowledges their value. Speaking them to ourselves and to others paves the way for action. Words are powerful and have the capacity to breathe life into our passions.
Silence the cynic. The voice of the cynic is often subtle and disguises itself through distractions, doubt and devaluing. Whatever diverts and interrupts us from doing what we love is a distraction. Whatever disquiets, creates uncertainty and chokes confidence is doubt. Whatever we allow to discredit or cheapen is devaluing.
Invest in yourself. So often it’s easier to pour into someone else and their dreams. Investing in ourselves requires believing we have a place and a voice and a gift. And we must be willing to do so with no apologies and no excuses. An investment takes time, diligence and patience but it starts with an intentional choice. Click To Tweet
Set boundaries. We can’t expect people to value our passions if we don’t. Setting boundaries of time, space and expectations protects our journey and our investment. And the more we keep our own boundaries, the more others will understand and appreciate our actions. All of life screams for importance, but it's up to us create space for the music within. Click To Tweet
Anticipate greatness. Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes, but it is always visible when we are living out our passions. And the beauty it exudes is contagious and alive. We were created for greatness. The more we embrace the process of watering our passions, the more doors will open and the more success we will experience. Defeat is easy to expect, but anticipating greatness is the essence of faith and hope in who we were created to be.
If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it? Lee Strasberg
And how can we dream greatness if we don’t water it?