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Home > Blog > It ain't all sunshine and roses (but I love it)
Out of Our Minds
Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:43 PM
It ain't all sunshine and roses (but I love it)
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

Have you ever noticed how sometimes the same idea keeps popping up around you again and again? My current repeat-o-topic seems to be, as Janet 'Living la vida fearless' Auty-Carlisle said in response to my earlier post about happiness...'It's impossible to be happy at work all the time but if you love what you do then it's easier to get over the speed bumps.'

The fact is, pursuing your passion isn't all sunshine and roses. In fact, there are bound to be times when the path feels downright crappy. That's impossible to escape. The crappy times are going to be there whatever you do (though odds are that they will be fewer and farther between if you love what you're doing). The difference is the knowledge that you are choosing to go through the bumpy times in pursuit of your own dreams.

That doesn't make the bumps any more pleasant, but it does take the edge off of them. More than that, choosing to pursue a path that lights you up takes you out of victim mode (ohhhhh...look at what life is doing to me) and puts you in the driver's seat (I'm choosing to navigate this path to get me where I want to go). That in itself can make all the difference in the world.


4 comments

Liz - 1/18/2006 1:59:59 PM
Absolutely, Amen, Right-on and just plain YES!!!!
Just what I needed to hear today!
Thnaks so much (& you too Janet!:-)
Jill - 1/13/2006 11:31:31 PM
Can always find the inspiration I need on your web site - Thank you!
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 1/12/2006 2:34:06 PM
Well said Curt.
Couldn't have put it more eloquently myself. Thanks for the consideration. Living la vida fearless, Jan
M. Cunningham - 1/12/2006 2:32:19 PM
That's a cool thought here. I think so much of this comes down to attitude -- if you're pysched to get into the office in the morning, you'll pull up with SO much more crap (which all jobs have, by the way) than if it's 'I'm here for the work, the paycheck and go home.'

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