Singlestalk: Passion sense

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Michelle: After carving a niche in the workplace and making a name in our respective fields, it’s not easy to just leave it all behind. For many young professionals, to leave a job at the height of one’s career is a crazy move.

To leave a high paying job to serve the Lord and the community full time is downright foolish. But that’s what some people I know chose to do. And they inspire me because doing so is radical and reckless, something not of all us have the courage to do.

DJ: My father used to tell me if we know exactly what we want, every riddle will still make sense. Every self-made person is so because he knows what he wants and is persistent to pull through. Every happy person is so because he knows happiness is a choice.


Every handsome guy is so because—I thought I got you there. But seriously, life is simple only in the sense that it presents us with choices. And we can start by staying true to who we are, by choosing what works best for us.

M: A friend left her work as a lawyer, took the road less traveled by and chose to be a missionary. I am very happy for her. For a year she was on a dilemma, afraid to step out in faith. But she made her decision and learned how liberating it was to finally let go and let God.

Many of us are not as brave. Many more don’t even know what they really want to do. I know someone who goes through jobs and never stays long in one. He says he is the right man for the job. I wonder if he bothered to ask himself if the job was the right one for him.

DJ: It is always likely to be stuck doing jobs we do not like because mouths need to be fed and bills need to be paid. While this may be right at a particular point in time, this should not be the case for rest of a person’s life. I know a lot of unhappy, hyperactive, caffeine-addicted achievers who hit their goals—a new car in a year, earn their first million before they turn 30—but are lost in a sea of wants.

A person should pursue his or her dream regardless of how much the wage is. It doesn’t really matter whether a path is financially rewarding in as long as it is life-giving. Yes, money is great. It buys us gadgets that thrill us only up to a point. Money cannot buy us time. Working for eight hours a day five times a week at something you loathe is not the way you live life to the fullest.

Spend life wisely not necessarily by following the paper trail but by doing something that connects you to your passion.

M: It’s a myth that we only have one career path and if achieve it; we will be content and happy. Sometimes if we are too focused on getting the prize—the high paying job, the perks—we forget that we took the wrong road. We might be led to do something else, not necessarily as financially rewarding or glamorous but where our hearts are no longer restless and truly satisfied.

DJ: When a person loves what he or she does, the person becomes unstoppable. Nothing can impede him or her from achieving greatness.

Any stumbling block has a creative solution for it to evolve into a stepping stone.

M: True. When my friend told me that her dad finally understood her after months of opposition, she cried. Some of her friends think she made the wrong choice. Now we know she made the right decision. As the song goes: “You gotta follow your road and maybe someday your road will lead you far away”—I don’t know the rest of the song! But since I like rap, I told her, “You go, girl, bust a move!”

DJ: I once read we need not run too fast that we forget where we came from and where we are going. Life is not about keeping score.

Life is about choices and in making the right choice. There are many crossroads. There are many ways. There are many twists and turns. Knowing where the destination is isn’t as important as knowing what it is and why we want to get there. It sounds serious but believe me, it’s cool!


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 02, 2014.


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