If you’re ever in need of a conversation starter, just look right into the eyes of another person and ask this question, “What is the passion at the core of everything you do?”
One of two things is guaranteed to happen: Immediate animation, as the person begins to share that passion with you. Or, a deer-in-the-headlights look, with a really long, awkward, pause, as the individual painfully looks for a way to escape.
Escape from what — their own life?! All we want is to understand what makes them tick — that which empowers them to take a licking and keep on ticking.
Recently, I was the beneficiary of these questions from a young man:
How do you set boundaries?
How do you keep your boundaries from being a box that you live in and one that keeps you from fulfilling your potential?
His questions, above, came several days after a conversation, which included me asking him the question, “What is the passion at the core of everything you do?” His response, “I do not know.”
Passion At The Core
Do you, know?
Can each of us answer these questions?
Why do I exist?
How can I make a difference in the lives of others?
What is the best way for delivering my value to the world?
For those who know (and, those who don’t) the answer is, “Become wonderful chunks of conduit — for the goodness from above to flow through us for the benefit of others.”
Conduits of Goodness
You know — conduit: a hollow tube for the transference and protection of something valuable.
Those without a connection to the source of goodness and void of a desire to share are simply an empty tube. In other words, they have no purpose and worthless boundaries. Tap on them and they ring hollow. Squeeze them and they collapse into a wrinkled mess.
Yet, imagine conduit connected to streams of living waters — bubbling, high-pressured, and dynamic at the source. At the destination are beneficiaries eagerly waiting to be served.
Service — now, that’s a novel idea — Bended knee, Caring attitude, Humble heart, Patient spirit, Kind mind, Generous soul, and Helping hands.
So, it’s really quite simple to discover the Passion at the core.
Hint: It comes from the Source above.
As for boundaries, the secret is to say, “Yes, please,” to everything that makes us better conduits — and, “No, thanks,” to everything else.
In fact, we have complete freedom to manage our boundaries. Boundaries are simply the outside diameter dimensions of our conduit. Individually, we have the right and responsibility to expand them for the benefit of those in our sphere of influence.
In the physical realm of steel conduit, expansion requires cutting, grinding, torching, bending, and welding new pieces into what already exists, to make the core larger. In the emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, the process will feel about the same.
If we have a passion for what flows through us, we are constantly pushing at the boundaries of the Why, How, and What of our existence. In fact, we will be busily learning and growing to become better “Conduits — for the goodness from above to flow through us for the benefit of others.”