What Lights You Up?

11 07 2012

What makes you come alive?  You know what I’m talking about.  When a particular subject comes up, you become animated.  Your pulse increases.  Your eyes light up.  Your speech becomes dynamic and dramatic.  People see that something matters  when they look in your eyes and hear your voice.

You can’t hide passion.

One of the most important things I’ve ever heard anyone say is this: Listen to your own life.

This is not psychobabble.  You need to pay attention to what lights you up.  It is a clue to what you should probably do in life to put your own dent in the universe.  Passionate people are far more effective than the complacent and bored.  Passionate people make better art, better commerce, better lovers.   And they’re far more interesting than a thousand people merely getting by, content with mediocrity and playing it safe.

I had a conversation with a young man some time ago.  He is very near and dear to our family.  As he began talking about his love of wildlife and animals, he got very excited.  I told him, “Pay attention to yourself.  Do you hear your own voice?”

We are each given different gifts, callings and interests.  You can still the voice of these deposits through fear.  What will my friends think if I want to play the cello?  Can I make a living as a writer?  Do I really want to be a politician—people don’t trust them because they all lie, right?  Listening to these voices will slowly kill something inside you.

The problem is this:  If you stifle who you are and what you are called to do, it will inevitably emerge in a number of different ways, either 1) in inferior forms–like settling for being a technical writer when you’re really a novelist–or 2) in toxic forms.  The depression and frustration that accompany the unfulfilled destiny, like buried nuclear waste, will poison the water table of your life.  And when that happens, you will seek to medicate and mask that pain and discontent with all sorts of unhealthy stuff.  Believe me, I’ve been there.

The next time you find yourself getting excited about some pursuit—creative, vocational or social—pay attention.  Note your own body language.  It doesn’t lie.  If you’re near a mirror, take a look.  What you see is a clue.  A clue to fulfilling your destiny.

Life’s too short to settle for getting by.  You are here for a purpose.  Listen to your life, lock on and pursue.

You and the world will be better for it.

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8 responses

11 07 2012
reenie

As usual thought provoking and deliberatly challenging ~ love ya ~~~~

11 07 2012
Christian Fahey

Thanks Reenie. It challenges me! Love you guys. Thanks for stopping by.

11 07 2012
Kimberly Sexton

Love this! You’re so right on!! I hate to see people who have lost the light inside. I so want my friends and most importantly my children to be able to enjoy the fulfillment of walking in the light that God created them to shine most brightly in. I just can’t say it enough. When I discovered that someone will pay me to do what I love it became a passion of mine to make sure my children know it is possible. We don’t have to hate our job! There really are people who can’t wait to go to work and do it again the next day. It really takes courage though. We seem to live in a world that wants to blow out the light inside you as soon as they discover what it is. I hope I can be the kind of person who can fan the flame inside my friends and family because it is crazy fabulous fun when you feel that kind of fulfullment. 🙂 Thanks Chris ❤

13 07 2012
Christian Fahey

Great thoughts Kim–thank you!! Keep shining the light! Thanks for reading. 🙂

11 07 2012
Voiceless in America

Reblogged this on Voiceless in America.

13 07 2012
~Hermelynda~

Indeed Indeed Indeed. Listening to doubtful voices will slowly kill your inspirational spirit deep down inside.

Like Oprah said Quiet your mind and “Listen to your whispers.” The whispers that will always point you in the right direction towards your purpose.

~ I totally am in agreement with your words. ~

14 07 2012
Christian Fahey

Thank you for reading! It took me many years to realize the importance of paying attention to one’s own life. It’s a key to understanding our God-ordained path!

14 07 2012
~Hermelynda~

You welcome and Thank you 🙂

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