For each of us who have somewhat of a routine to our day, a real question to consider is WHAT STIMULATES YOU? For those of us who own a business, a great question is Why???  Why did you open your business? Why do you keep it going?  How or does it stimulate and feed you?

For all of us, with each of these questions, it comes down to: What Stimulates You?  What excites you and calls you to be your best self? To grow? To expand? To question? To be curious? Whatever the answer, these are the things that give our lives life, passion, and creativity.

Without passion, there is little creativity. There is existence, survivorship, a dry routine, and a belief that life simply goes on, and on, and on…  With passion, with vibrancy, and with the view of life as an adventure, there is an almost constant call to creativity, to expansion, and to wonder.

What stimulates you, is what your soul is calling you towards. It is calling you to live beyond any existing limitations or beliefs that keep you small. Life is this gift that calls us to continuously become. Yes, take a short period of time to relish each new stage, each move. Stand in the glory, the joy, and the satisfaction that comes from completing something. It can feel glorious, or simply wonderfully satisfying.

However, when you stand still too long, a discomfort can show up. The discomfort is calling you to grow again. It could be as simple as decorating the garden or joining a book club, or as grand as changing jobs, moving, perhaps even to a foreign country. Whatever the call, the passion that fills your body touches your soul as well; It actually feeds it. Your soul feeds the passion, and the passion feeds your soul. What a balanced relationship!

It’s important to point out here, that certainly passion can also call us to self-betrayal. Rather than calling us to our best self. The self we have come here to be and to develop, it can also call us to our worst self, our lower self, and a far lower vibration. This passionate expression is used instead, for rage, sabotage, vengeance, and other expressions that call us to live in reaction to outside stimulus as if we were being victimized or controlled in some way. We will make the “enemy” pay a price for such an assault. Destructive passion can also call for a surrender of our will to a control agent, Cake? Cigarettes? Etc. It’s another tool of self-betrayal however. We hate ourselves after.

This reminds me of when we were growing up and the nuns would tell of us of a good angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. Since I spent a lot of time in detention after school, my tendency was to a particular shoulder…. At this point, thank God, I have learned to listen to the one on the other shoulder perhaps since the stimulation I so love is the one that calls me to so much more joy, adventure, and inner peace.

My prayer for you this week, is that you discover, or rediscover, what stimulates you, what feeds your soul, and calls you to continue growing, Life is so much more exciting when you do!  

Dorothy

About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.