Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pay Deep Attention to Deep Values for Deep Passion

A short and quick tip: As an aid to finding your passion in life, allow great intrigue and pay deep attention to those moments when you experience deep emotions, for they offer the greatest evidence of the kind of life you want to live.

Such a moment occurred to me the other day when I stumbled upon this fantastic photo essay on i-Mockery about a couple's trip to New Zealand. It was so mesmerizing that I could not pull myself away for a half-hour, continuing to click page after page, accidentally getting absorbed while I knew I had other assignments to complete. It has stayed stuck in my head these past few days too, my attention regularly going back to review the memory of those beautiful photographs. (Oh that mountain hike!) It makes me feel soothed and daydreamy to contemplate it.

This may be a significant piece of evidence as to what kind of direction I want my life to go in, or at least one kind of activities I'd like to include into it to achieve the greatest happiness possible. Road trips have always sounded boring to me throughout my entire life . . . but now seeing this, I am immensely intrigued. Now I actually want to take a road trip, likely to New Zealand too.  (Copycat, I know.)

Though, this could also give me evidence as to what kind of career I'd like to have, but I don't know how it factors in. I already know that beautiful nature is a huge value of mine; I have spent countless hours meandering in deep contemplation among open fields, flowers, wood, tall grasses, open barrenness. I love nature parked and want to visit my local flower garden. I'd like to have a home in at least two separate climates to allow me to enjoy the beauty different climates have to offer: One in Colorado for the full spectrum plus winter, and perhaps one in the tropics for water. In other words, this is a deep enough value that I want to go out of my way to include it as a large part of my life, and into my daily routine if possible.

Career-wise, while I still don't know what I want to do in the supreme long-term, this could mean many things. Perhaps I'd like to be an author ticking away in his isolated piece of the country on the computer, writing his books and thinking amongst the trees, and with enough self-sufficiency skills -- such as a culinary talent for charcuterie -- the prospect of getting snowed in actually sounds nice rather than a torment. Or perhaps I'd like to own a restaurant that has a cuisine emphasizing "wild man" foods, the meat, game, and fish to be hunted for, and vegetable matter to be foraged, set upon land with the most beautiful grounds to be found for miles around, including full-time horticulturists.

In short, I don't know what kind of role I want environmental beauty to play as a dominant player in my life, but this is the direction I should investigate in order to gain the most fulfilling career possible, as this value generates some of the deepest and most absorbing emotions within me, making it a very high priority to me. I don't want a nature park to be something I visit on special occasion; I want it to be a pillar in my life.

The advice to all: Pay attention to that which makes you feel the strongest positive emotions. Those things, when an eye is kept on them, will reveal your key to happiness. 

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