Finding your fire
April 30, 2012
by Jenni Sebora

Everyone has to find their fire – their passion. That is where true happiness lies – making a positive impact, our footprint on something in the world, in our communities. Finding our calling is truly what gives meaning, purpose, and fulfillment to our lives.

In the novel, “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt,” by Beth Hoffman, Aunt Tootie tells her orphaned niece, “If there’s one thing I’d like most for you, it’s that you will find your calling in life.”

Cecelia Rose asks her aunt how she will know what her fire is. Aunt Tootie tells her that if there is something that creates a “stirring,” she says, don’t ignore it; open your mind to it, and you will know if it is your fire.

For example, a dad may love sports. He watches sports, has sports trivia, and wears some team’s logo. His conversation almost always somehow leads to some sport-related news.

I don’t mind. It truly is his passion. It truly brings him happiness. Now, certainly, if it got in the way of his work or his family time, that’s a different story, but he has learned to stay on track. He loves his family dearly. He works hard.

He can use his passion to positively impact others by sharing the passion, or coaching little league.

Is it a positive passion because it does not negatively impact others? Does it interfere with work or family? Are you leaving a positive imprint on your community? Are you making your community a better place?

As I think about someone’s passion, I ask myself these questions to help determine whether or not that passion is negatively impacting other parts of someone’s life.

I am very happy to say my passion is my work and my family. I am lucky. I have to say that my calling – my fire – truly ignites true happiness and fulfillment in my life, and I feel that I am trying to make a positive impact on my community.

I work and teach in a program to help young adults, and one of my goals is to help them find their passion, and to use that passion to better their lives and ultimately better others’ lives. This is truly where happiness lies.

Helping our youngsters navigate to finding their passions can help them stay on positive paths. Now, does that mean they won’t make mistakes along the way or veer off their path at some points? No. But, it can help steer them along the path of true happiness.

We know that children who feel a connection with a group, project, or committee, and are involved, most likely will make better, more positive, healthy decisions.

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