Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Ok....This has been getting under my skin for a long time. This is the reason I stopped watching the Oprah Winfrey show.

Apparently every single one of us Must Have a Passion in life. If you don't have a passion, you don't have anything to live for. (Very loosely paraphrasing the all-knowing Oprah.)

I believe the only reason we're here is to find out what we love…and get about the business of living it!" —

Now, I don't particularly have a passion. A passion like writing, skydiving, crafting, decorating, making sushi, building boats, growing organic (or any other type) of vegetable.

So I assume that the almighty Oprah has decided that I do not have a reason to be here.

The following is a mantra for Oprah:

True happiness comes when you "do" what you're most
passionate about. You have gifts to give to the world. So, what's holding you
back? Break though your fear, overcome your obstacles, and start pursuing your
passion today...

Interpolating from this statement, I will never find "true happiness" because I don't have anything that I am truly passionate about.

Truthfully, I am doing good to get through the day. Maybe I'm passionate about 4:30 when I can leave work.

Here are some "encouraging" but very obtuse words of wisdom:

Choose One Idea to Pursue
Don't let having too many ideas keep you from taking action. There are no "perfect" ideas, so just start somewhere. If you feel like you're still looking for your passion, follow these five steps.

Ok. Surely these steps will help me find my passion.

Because it's easy to feel creatively blocked or paralyzed by fear, one of the best ways to overcome your obstacles is to call upon the wisdom of others in a brainstorming session.
(Do I even know wise people? Wise asses maybe. So exactly what are we supposed to brainstorm about??? Very informative piece of advice Oprah.)Learn how to brainstorm and see how three women overcame their obstacles with this exercise. (Three whole women overcame their obstacles! Wooooooo!)

Find Encouragement
Put an insurance policy in place by finding two or three people to encourage and support your efforts.
(Efforts in what exactly? Pursuing your unknown and brow furrowing "passion"?) Turn to these people when you feel afraid, frustrated, resigned or excited about your progress! When you feel afraid (and you will) find support. Follow six steps to create a Passion Support Group.
(A what?? Is that like AA?)

Take the Leap
Once you have an idea and a plan of action, it's time to do something immediately. Take one step towards your passion right now.
(AGAIN with the passion!!) Sign up for a class, write a poem, find a mentor or schedule a brainstorming group today. Write down your goals in your journal. (My goal is to win the lottery. Now, help me do that Passion Support Group.)

What steps are you taking to pursue your passion? (Yet more passion!) Share your achievements and stumbling blocks. Help others on the road to pursuing their passions.

That is the main reason I finally quit watching Oprah. I felt inadequate after watching one her shows. So I don't have a passion. Big Deal. Does that make me any less a person? Maybe it does, I dunno. All I know is that talking about finding your passion is easier said than done!

If anybody has any suggestions, please let me know! I'd hate to let Oprah down!

(Ok....Maybe my one passion is Taylor)