I have been sitting with this word ‘passion’ for quite a while – gathering my thoughts about how to address the subject – perhaps procrastinating a bit as well – but for what it’s worth, these are my thoughts.
Having been in the personal coaching profession for some time now – 15 years to be exact – passion and all of its variations have been a huge part of the coaching dialogue, becoming a ‘skill-set’ type of word for our clients. As I thought about this, I realized that ‘passion’ had morphed into several possible new meanings for me from that perspective. Because the word is bandied about in our profession so much, it seems to have lost its punch, turning a meaningful word into something so commonplace that its impact had been watered down. The opposite has also taken place and obsession has become the result – an unending search for the kind of feeling that one should have when considering living with passion. Somewhat like the current culture we live in, this particular word has developed a polarized meaning – at both ends of the spectrum.
Then I thought about the various clients I have seen over the years and realized another more important consideration would probably serve all of us. As I am a ‘Modalities Columnist’ for Garden Spices, I wanted to address one of the oldest studies I have under my belt – astrology. As I thought about it, I realized that just like astrological interpretation, passion is subject to meaning through the eyes of the beholder and changes over time as we live, learn and grow. When I was younger, I was somewhat headstrong and very dedicated to what my beliefs represented. As I have aged, I have mellowed and although I still have moments of fiery passion, passion these days for me is deeper, richer and more gentle in nature. That is my style but each and every one of you reading this, has your own style which is unfolding in just the right and perfect way for you. One of the richest results of astrological study is the understanding that each of us is unique in every way. This is my hope for you – may it be so!
Linda was raised in the Midwest, graduated from Saint Louis University and hired into a corporate position with Reynolds Aluminum. She met, married and traveled with her husband for a number of years before moving back to his home place – The Shoals in Alabama. There Linda was introduced to life coaching and took to it like “duck to water”. Her empathetic nature coupled with a desire to help people help themselves; led her to and through a number of certifications, in different modalities. Linda currently practices as a Wellness Coach plying her trade in Florence, Alabama.