Passion, purpose, meaning, is talked about often, we too, at Search Of Life, have dived into such life-determining topics in our earlier posts. As the sameness and patterns of life seem to be dominantly recurring, people have come to realize the significance of life and how having a purpose, following your passion and finding a life of meaning is crucial to one’s existence. And it is true that any life without those life-determining aspects is hardly being alive.
But the questions do not stop there, they only begin to actually arise, the start of a line of life-determining doubts. How does one identify their passion? How does one know they are on the right path? What cues does one listen to?
Like the previous piece, detailing the importance of following our heart and the regrets that arise out of negligence, through the words of the novelist Paulo Coelho, here again[in his book, The Alchemist], the same thinker projects a wonderful reasoning about how we give up on ourselves, our dreams, and how and why we stop listening to our hearts, and why the heart’s echo to pursue dreams ultimately stops resounding.
“…the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself.. no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity..”
When do you know for sure that you are following the right path? What does one keep watch for? With what perspective and attitude does one look at obstacles, deviations, hindrances and setbacks?
“Every second of that path is a encounter with signs and omens, which is the language that your heart speaks..”
“When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve know that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible otherwise to achieve.”
Expectations, fear, people, bonds and many other things hold people back, and stop them from pursuing their dreams and thus abandoning their heart’s desire.
“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” … “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them-the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
The author paints a beautiful canvas, of how the real world scheme of things follow a similar premeditated path of sameness and routine, eventually, entirely abandoning those dreams and the desires of ones heart, and relinquishing the gift of happiness the world has to offer. A sweet warning for the aspiring and passion seeking.