Wow Olga! Something more for me to think about! In my 30 plus years of mentoring I must vulnerably admit to having used the phrase “find your passion.” I will say also that it didn’t take very long for the immortal question to surface…”how?” How does one find their passion?

Of course those who use the phrase frequently probably had an appropriate answer, and I’m sure in many cases it helped someone. In my case however, I like to employ the word discover in place of find. Discovery seems to inherently involve a number of skills, like introspection, self-examination and the connection I like best…practice and or experimentation!

Actually, I’m not all that in favor of the word passion either as many dictionaries provide definitions that tend to imply there is something “uncontrollable” associated with the word. So, as I have aged, and especially for my own use, I employ the phrase “discover activities that lead to fulfillment.” Okay, so it may not be as catchy, but for me it speaks to inquisitive exploration connected to doing, and with an intention to head in a direction that ultimately brings me joy and contentment. It just seems more pleasing.

Granted, if one is a type A personality, driven by caffeine and sleep deprivation with a twist of obsession, “finding one’s passion” may, in fact, be a fit!

Thank you for this article. It was fun wordsmithing a bit as well as affording me the opportunity to indulge my own practice!



A believer in Lifelong Learning and Collaborative Wisdom, remembering Who I AM through essay, story, and poetry. Listening for narratives that nurture Life.

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