Any time during the last 8 years or so that I’ve been asked, “What are you passionate about?” My answer has consistently been, “People… I am passionate about people!” A statement that isn’t birthed out of hope or desire, but out of a sincere conviction; I really do love humanity! Somewhere through my journey this passion for community has become compassion. This compassion desperately drums up vision for how to the human life an experience of living rather than simply existing.
Journey with me for a moment…
Think of the person/people in your life who are hurting the worst, have created a living hell of anxiety and depression for themselves, or due to insecurity continue to make decisions that are inevitably going to be self-destructing.
… this person might even be yourself.
Having had the opportunity to live through quite a few experiences that could have completely wiped me out, I am invigorated to think that someday my passion for people who are going through things that feel the same as my experiences, just might find hope, peace, and self worth.
Where this emotion that I feel for humanity comes to life is when I am rubbing shoulders with people, living along side of them in the good and the not-so-good, when my home becomes their home. Just recently I realized that what I was missing to make this an everyday reality was a craft… This is where I have missed the boat for so many years, and others who have true passion miss the same boat. When heart breaking compassion and the application of a craft come together, you/we have a greater opportunity to create a movement. By using the word “movement” all I mean is that we create something real, something that moves inside of a community, stirs up the hearts of a people, facilitates a genuine expression of community. I don’t want us to get our heads caught in the clouds because I said movement, if it ends up being a global work, then amen! Please do not lose sight of the beauty, power and glory of impacting a town/city.
My compassion is pretty clearly laid out. The craft that I have chosen to explore is coffee.. an incredibly complex beverage that will only grow in quality and appreciation for years to come. I am pursuing this craft with Cartel Coffee Lab, one of the nations leaders in providing coffee as a specialty beverage.
Where is it that your heart breaks for humanity? What aspects of the human experience do you pray for? How do you day dream for a better life for those around you?
What do you do that can make this a reality? What are you good at? Where can your creativity flourish?
Thanks for reading… Please feel free to answer the questions I have posed for you in the comments section so you can receive some encouragement and/or feed back!