Can You Find Your Passion by Looking at Your Suffering?

by harry on April 24, 2013

Have some told you to “follow our passion”? But how can you follow your passion, you haven’t found it. So where do you look for your passionit? How do you find what you are deeply passionate about? How do you discover it?

Are you like me? I looked for my passion in personality inventories, self-help books and career assessment tests. I have considered my hobbies and looked back to things I enjoyed as a kid to gather more clues about what I love.

While these places offer great insight into my passion, I came accross another idea. This one is from Christine Hassler. She says, “I am encouraging you to look for your passion somewhere else: in your suffering.”

What does Christine mean by this? Answer the questions below. Go to here article here and read it.

  • What have been your main areas of suffering and challenge?
  • What have been the lessons and insights have you learned from those sufferings?
  • What actions have you taken to get you out of your sufferings?

Christine says that the answers to these questions will guide you to your passion and what you may be inspired to blog about.

So, put away the tests, books, and advice from others for a moment and examine your life’s challenges and suffering to discover the key to your passion. Your passion is within you.

Take some time for yourself. Look at the suffering in your life. What have been the challenges? What has been difficult for you? Are there certain patterns or trends you notice? Are there themes or threads like feeling abandoned, unworthy, or isolated?

After you have investigated your experience of suffering, answer these questions:

  1. What has been the overall theme of experiences and/or feelings where you have experienced suffering?
  2. What did you learn from these experiences? What were they teaching you?
  3. What insights have you gathered from your suffering when you look at it from an empowered (rather than victim) perspective – meaning without judgment or thinking any of it was wrong?
  4. What actions (inner and outer) have you taken to heal your suffering and move into compassion and forgiveness?
  5. If you could talk to your younger self who went through the suffering, what message would you have for him or her?

Ms. Hassler says in her article, “Your suffering is full of clues in terms of what you are here to learn and what you are here to SHARE. All of us come in with a message. We are all here to share, inspire and teach, but before we do that we have to be a students of our own lives.”

By examining your challenges and suffering, see how you can awaken your passion by reframing suffering. Understand that EVERYTHING that has happened in your life has been for your highest good. We are called to serve rather than experience any suffering. And we serve through sharing our lessons and blessings. This service does not necessarily need to translate to a career but can translate into a blog on Empower Network.

Have a deep appreciation and maybe a reverence for all the suffering you have endured in life. Do we want to think that our suffering has all been in service to learn the unique lessons and insights you are here to express. Love it ALL and surely you will find and uncover your passion.

Help othes by sharing your experiences. Blog that passion on Empower Network.

I would love to help you express your passion using Empower Network.

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