It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
The most interesting people I know have a great passion in their life. Maybe it’s a career they love or maybe it’s work they do outside of their jobs. Perhaps it’s a big picture passion or it could be something more personal.
One of my closest friends is involved with running ministries. Its work she believes in with all her heart and that passion permeates her very being. She lights up any room she walks into because she’s working toward her heart’s longing.
Our neighbors are devoted to personally helping the homeless. They routinely provide warm clothes in winter and drop off food that can be easily consumed without a kitchen. My husband noted the other day that they never pass a street person without giving him or her a few bucks. They dream of a better world and haven’t left it at that: they are doing something about it, up close and personal. They exude an aura of kindness and it’s lovely to be around.
My eye doctor goes to impoverished parts of Africa every year by himself to single-handedly train physicians in surgical procedures and the latest techniques in opthomology. Sure, he could sit on his rear and enjoy his lifestyle, but he also chooses to make a better world. Kudos to him.
One of my friends is the most productive writer, ever. Creative, interesting and very senior in her craft, she’s driven to create something for an audience every day, and she does. That’s her heart’s longing and she’s taken her dream and gone far beyond it.
It’s easy to sit back and let the days pass, one after another, involved only with the self. Believe me, I know. But these people who “dare to dream of meeting their heart’s longing” inspire me to meet my own.
Oh, and if you don’t know Oriah, you should.