The Beauty of Passion

This is not going to be a long post. I just finished the facilitating the biggest open space of my career – about 300 people intensely sharing their passions for six hours – and frankly, I’m both exhausted and delirious.

Luckily, today is a “Love” post, and it’s pretty easy to find something to talk about. One of the most powerful and evocative conversations today was about building community and building friendships. The subject matter was that people sometimes want to build community for the wrong reasons – for ego, for profit, for less sanguine purposes. The group of people – about 30, sitting on the floor in a circle – was made up of community leaders, teachers, volunteers, and people who just got drawn in to the conversation.

Including me – while I was holding space, I was also drawn into their conversation. It was passionate, the ideas flew fast, back and forth, and it was amazing to see the way the powerful movers and shakers would stop and listen to people brand new to the field, simply because of the passion of their ideas.

That’s the takeaway, for me. Some people spend a lot of time and money on makeup, clothes, accessories, toys, or even status, just to try and look beautiful. To try and look desireable.

All you need to be the hottest and most attractive incarnation of yourself is passion. Find that thing that you’re passionate about, and share it.

You will be beautiful. Funny thing is, you won’t care, because you’ll be too busy being passionate.

But we’ll notice.

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