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Della Palacios

Educational Consultant, Trainer and Teacher, SensAble Learning, LLC

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What is your passion?

I'm interested in reading about what drives you. Have you found it? Does everyone have a passion or do just some? Does passion change? Evolve? Do you earn a living incorporating or following your passion? How did you get there?

I love to read the wisdom shared in this global TED Community.

(My only conversational guideline/request is you do no harm with your words.)

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    Jun 4 2013: Thanks for the link.
    I was not aware that there was a community on TED ed to discuss education.

    And, I can't believe noone showed up to the Education social you tried to host.
    Did you put out flyers to all the teachers? What communication method did you use?
    Where did you host the social?
    How did you notify parents?
    Did you also contact the School of Education at the university nearest to you?
    How about the Community colleges?

    Sounds like you need to try again Della. Don't give up!!!
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      Jun 5 2013: I'm not giving up. I'm just trying to figure out the path. Maybe I should let go of the figuring it out? :)

      We did invite teacher, administrators, and folks at universities and community colleges along with some local small business leaders. We sent out fancy invitations via USPS and followed up with an invitation.

      Perhaps we should have scrapped the invitation list and posted flyers and notices everywhere? Thank you for saying, Don't give up!!!"
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    May 28 2013: Hi Della, did you know that the word passion comes from the Latin verb 'pati' which means 'to suffer'?
    Don't worry, I didn't either until I looked it up today.
    I rarely use this word......passion.......I find it so powerful.
    I'll post a comment none-the-less.

    Well, here goes......being a verb then, a passion, to me, involves a feeling that moves me to do something.

    I am passionate about knowledge.....giving and receiving knowledge.
    And, although I enjoy engaging in many conversation topics, my favorite knowledge to share, is the knowledge of scripture, and the message of the good news of God's Kingdom.

    I am also passionate about understanding knowledge......having someone explain their knowledge to me, and me explaining my knowledge to someone else.
    In particular, I love exchanging information on cultures, education, and religions.

    I suffer quite a bit due to this passion, because not everyone is interested in sharing knowledge or receiving it. Some individuals have their cups 'full'.....and want no more.....Other keep their cups under lock and key and will not share.

    I think knowing that passion comes from suffering helped me to finally provide you with this comment.

    P.S. I like your conversational guideline :)
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    May 25 2013: Hi again Della:>)
    My passion is life.

    I do not feel "driven" by anything because I pursue all aspects of the life adventure with curiosity and joy.

    I believe that passion is something we can nurture in ourselves. I do not believe it is an external force.

    Yes, I believe passions change, and since life is my passion it is constantly changing:>)

    Yes, I believe it evolves as we learn, grow and evolve.

    Yes, my passions have often given me the opportunity to "earn a living". More than that however, passion contributes to us "earning a life".
    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give..."
    (Winston Churchill)

    I got there by following my heart and using the logical, reasonable brain to figure out how:>)
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      May 27 2013: what if you really successful,you have know worry about 'earn a living'? where is your passion then?can you give me more knowledge about your 'earnig a life'?
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        May 27 2013: Good question Jaden Ye:>)

        As I said, to me, passion is something we can nurture in ourselves and we may, at any time, feel more or less passionate about activites and life circumstances.

        I learned, as a child, to do what I love and/or love what I am doing. I am very curious, and LOVE exploring all aspects of the life experience. Curiosity causes me to feel passionate about exploring, so I get very excited about a lot of things, that some people may think are simple and common.

        I am excited about each new day, excited about the sun rise, sun set, etc. I am excited about interacting with people on many different levels, and I believe all circumstances and conditions contribute to my life in a beneficial way, so that is what I mean by "earning a life". I create, for myself, a life that is enjoyable.

        When I follow certain paths with passion in my heart (curiosity, joy, excitment, intent to learn, grow and evolve) many times, the activity leads to a lucrative opportunity.

        I have always been fascinated with the human body/mind systems and human behaviors. One of my first jobs was as an operating room technician (assisting for surgeries). I observed the interconnecting systems of a living human body. This experience provided a living, because I was paid, and also contributed to "earning a life" because of the education it provided.

        I loved refinishing and reusing antique furniture, and as I did this for my own pleasure and use, it became another career....I bought, sold, refinished and restored antiques, which was lucrative (providing a living), and it also contributed to the joy and pleasure of my life.

        I have always loved music, play a couple instruments and sing. Pursuing various activities with music, which gave me pleasure (earning a life) also turned into a profession as an actor, singer, dancer in musical theater, which was lucrative.

        I followed my heart, creating an interesting life AND a living. Make sense? I'm glad to talk more about it if you wish:>)
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          May 27 2013: what a wonderful lesson,Miss Steen,thank you so much, I am really educated. I can see that you coordinate 'earning a living' and 'earning a life' by following your heart. Enjoyment is a crucial part? I tried to enjoy my life while dealing the tasks, but you know it is not easy. Have you ever experienced that struggle,how do you cope with it ? Of course I want to talk more about it, it would be an honor.
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          May 27 2013: This is a beautiful and very insightful explanation. I love it. Thank you both for bringing it to light.
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        May 27 2013: Thank you Jaden and Della:>)

        Yes Jaden, I coordinate earning a living and earning a life. I feel that everyone and everything in the life adventure are all interconnected. Yes, enjoyment is a crucial part, and that does not always mean that experiences are without challenge, because I have faced some traumatic challenges.

        For me, a foundation of life is to explore, learn and grow in every moment, so while facing challenges I feel contentment with the knowledge that I will move through them to the best of my ability.

        One of the concepts which has helped me move through the life adventure, is that I do not struggle with it. I accept what is happening in the moment. If we struggle, we simply give it energy to continue to "bother" us, therefor intensifying the struggle. My philosophy is to accept, understand, learn and move on with new information based on the challenge.

        We can change our thinking, which influences our feelings, which impacts our perception of the life experience. We are constantly programming our brain/mind.

        http://psychology.about.com/od/biopsychology/f/brain-plasticity.htm

        We can change our attitude about simple tasks all the time, which creates new neural pathways in our brain, which contributes to contentment and lack of struggle.

        Example of an everyday task....washing dishes.
        So, when I wash dishes, rather than thinking about it being a struggle or hard task, I remind myself that I am washing dishes because I have food to eat....a home..;..running water....etc., which many people in our world do not have, and I focus on gratitude and appreciation.

        You see? That is why I say that life is my passion, because it offers many opportunities:>)

        Glad to continue if you wish:>)
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        May 28 2013: Jaden Ye,
        I sent a reply to your e-mail. Please let me know if you do not receive it.....TED e-mail system is sometimes inconsistant.
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          May 28 2013: I cannot receive it. This is my email guofeiman@gmail.com, please send to this address if you do not mind. Thank you so much!
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    Jun 3 2013: Oh my goodness. I must watch it. Thank you for thinking of this conversation!

    My friend, Kristen, and I tried to host an Education Innovators' Social last summer. We had printed on the invitation, Sir Ken Robinson's quote on it, "What we need in education is not an evolution, but a revolution in education."

    Not a single person came. (We invited Sir Ken Robinson, too.)

    I started up the same conversation on TED_Ed, about letter sounds and names. You may find it interesting. https://community.ed.ted.com/teded/topics/should_we_begin_teaching_children_letter_sounds_first_with_lowercase_letters_instead_of_letter_names_with_uppercase_letters?utm_content=topic_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=reply_notification
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    Jun 3 2013: Hi Della. Yesterday I turned on the tv and saw Ken Robinson on PBS again. At first I thought they were replaying the TED education special. But NO........it was a talk he did in Los Angeles regarding "Finding Your Element", based on his new book.

    Della, the whole time I was watching, I thought of this TED convesation. He talks about passion, what it is and how to find it. Here is a link to a preview of the talk.

    PBS is running it again later this month. See if you can figure out when Apopka will have the show on, and watch it. I think you will thoroughly enjoy it. It's not so much about schools, as it is about life.

    His speech style makes time FLY as you listen to him.
    Enjoy Della!!

    http://video.unctv.org/video/2365013476
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    May 26 2013: Having a passion is best antidote against depression.

    Having a passion in one's life is like having a purpose and a direction to life.
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    May 26 2013: Having a passion in one's life is like having a purpose and a direction to life.
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    May 26 2013: I have no evidence on this, but I doubt that everyone has a passion, if you mean something that they feel intrinsically compelled to throw themselves into full force for the rest of their lives or for a big chunk of the rest of their lives.

    I think everyone has some things in which he/she could become deeply interested, at least for awhile. These might change over time.

    Many people who feel a lot of stress not to have found "their passion" may in fact be in the second category of being able to be deeply interested in a number of things, simultaneously or sequentially, but not at the level of passion as I think of it.
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      May 28 2013: It is interesting that you say this.

      I had to think quite a bit before commenting on this conversation.
      Particularly, because I think passion is such a strong word.

      Adesh says above that "passion is the best antidote against depression".
      And I thought......au contriere.....passion may sometimes lead someone into depression.

      It is a very strong emotion indeed.
      And I will agree with you, not everyone has a passion.......I see it like this: someone will give their life for their passion. Not everyone is willing to give their life for any one cause.
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        May 28 2013: Yes, passion is a strong and, I think, over-used word. I have known quite a few people who have experienced great distress at not having "found their passion."

        What if some people are "wired" not to feel compelled by any particular interest or cause?
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          May 28 2013: Have you ever read any articles or books that actually use this expression of not being "wired" to feel passion, or is it your observation.

          I also think that some people just do not go looking for something to be passionate or zealous about, while others have a certain craving/inner calling for something specific.

          For example......scientists who dedicate their entire life to the study of one thing.....Wilson Bentley comes to mind:

          http://bentley.sciencebuff.org/Bio.htm

          Guess what he died of?

          [Edit]...Steve Irwin and Mike deGruy also come to mind. The latter was a TED speaker.
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        May 28 2013: I doubt that there is any report of a scholarly nature that would use such a colloquial expression. I put forward only a hypothesis, a question.

        We know there are people who are naturally more intense than others. We know there are people who are bipolar. We know there are more extroverted people and more introverted people.

        I would not be surprised if there is a variable dimension of personality that connects to whether one is likely to feel impossibly captured by a single passion
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          May 28 2013: What I have found in my limited reading, is that some who are exposed to nature early in life, and by nature I mean the woods, the ocean, farm life, iow: the great outdoors, are oftentimes naturally drawn to study it and investigate it.

          Bentley's experience bears witness to this....so does George Washington Carver's life, as well as other scientists whose biographies I have read.

          I also can't help but think of Louis Braille, who lost his sight at an early age due to a terrible accident (self-inflicted), then, as a student away from home, became passionate about finding a way to make letters "rise-up" off of a page, so that the blind might read.......his biography is really wonderful to read.

          Scholastics puts out a young reader version that you can polish off in a couple of hours.

          http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/louis-braille-the-boy-who-invented-books-for-the-blind-margaret-davidson/1103275536?ean=9780590443500
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        May 28 2013: It would make sense that some who are exposed to nature early in life would be drawn naturally to study it, but more who are exposed to nature early in life do not choose investigating it as a singular life focus. It must be true, though, that what we are not exposed to stands little chance of becoming a passion. Those who do not learn to read cannot easily become passionate about reading, and those without access to nature cannot easily become passionate about studying it.

        Many TEDsters in response to questions about finding passions do emphasize that seeking a range of experiences and trying things are valuable parts of a strategy.
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          May 28 2013: Look at what you just said:

          "Those who do not learn to read cannot easily become passionate about reading,"

          Although that statement might be somewhat truthful, it is not necessarily true in all it's sense.. Sometimes it is the things we "lack", or have "little exposure" to that become our passion.

          Sometimes a passion can be driven by the mere fact that we have no access to it, like the example I gave of Louis Braille.........he wanted blind people to have what they lacked.....the ability to read easily.

          Another example would be when people live in an oppressive society, they will be passionate about obtaining some sort of freedom.....and seek to change the political structure in place.

          Or man, in order to reach the moon, will risk his life to be blasted into outer space....off into the wild blue yonder........ Yikes!!

          I think the subject of passion has alot of layers to consider. :)

          I too am in agreement that for some individuals, in order to find their passion, they have to be exposed to a variety of experiences.
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        May 28 2013: There is no question that people regularly commit themselves to learning to do things they do not know how to do but to which they have been exposed. I certainly know I do! There is also no question that invention often comes from an interest in filling a gap people perceive.
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    May 26 2013: .
    My answer is:

    My passion is to make a-step-better's for keeping our DNA alive.
    It takes all kinds of forms, important or not, big or small, significant or trivial, ...
    In short, be happy validly!
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      May 27 2013: W. Ling, I have gone back into some of your other comments as your response has piqued my interest. Could you explain a-step-better's more for me?

      I love your idea worth spreading if I understand it correctly...
      "(1) Be Happy Validly. (2) Invalid happiness: --- It makes up about 90% of today's happiness. It wastes about 90% of limited resources on the earth. It leads us to self-extinction."
      Would an example of #1 be my children running joyfully into my arms when I return home and an example of #2 being happy when I find a cute new outfit?
  • May 25 2013: Hi Della!
    My passion found me, when I was about 6, maybe even younger. I got a Fisher Price tape recorder for Christmas, and a blank cassette. I sang my heart out, in my room, by myself, and would spend hours on end, recording and listening to my voice.

    My voice scared me for a long time. It wasn't something I wanted to share, it was to personal, made me feel too vulnerable. I still have those tapes I made as a child, which only a handful of people have ever heard. They still mean the world to me, they represent my first moments of self-exploration and expression. Isn't it bizarre - I can wail my heart out in front of thousands of people, but the very first time I sang is still too special to share...
    The power of a passion can be overwhelming.

    Music is what carries me through my life, sometimes in the foreground, sometimes in the background. It is how I express how I truly feel, it's how I cope.
    it's what brought my husband and I together in the first place, and what brought us back together.
    It's what helped me out of the darkest time of my life.

    JiHae Park's talk, "The violin, and my dark night of the soul" brought tears to my eyes - she describes the same passion for music I feel, but in her own, individual way.

    http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2013/None/JiHaePark_2013-light.mp4
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      May 25 2013: I really enjoyed that speech. Thank you for sharing.

      I love that story so much. What a treasure you have in still having those tapes!
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    May 24 2013: Thanks, Della. For about five years I have been following an extremely unusual diet. I have been living on skim milk. Every day I drink about two gallons of skim milk, and I don't eat or drink anything else. For me this has had huge health benefits, I've lost about 80 pounds and maintained, my high cholesterol is gone, my energy is up, my general health is extremely good. I want to stress that I am not advocating this diet because it has not been approved by the medical/nutrition establishment. I am in contact with the highest medical/nutrition authorities in the United States, telling them of my experience and trying to see if they will declare this an acceptable diet for everyone. I will say that when I eat a balanced diet of the sort approved by the nutrition establishment, I feel physically bad, then I return to all-milk and I feel good again.
    • May 25 2013: Do you eat fruits or vegetables? Honestly it's hard to believe your body can get everything it needs from skim milk. Lipids are necessary for brain function you know
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        May 26 2013: Brian, the short answer is no, I just live on milk. The fact is I get a tiny number of fruits and vegetables. What happened is, as I lived on milk, it came to me I would only drink my milk from gallon containers. Why? It seems to me the gallon container is the most like a breast, round and full at the bottom, and tapering to something like a nipple at the top. And I liked that. I live in the same city as my mother. I have my own apartment, but I do occasionally visit her and stay at her house. When I'm at my own place, I just buy milk, so I do purely live on milk. When I visit her place, she eats a typical American diet, and therefore has food in the frig, and I worry that it will go to waste, like most Americans she throws away a certain amount of food. So I will cut up or use a funnel to put certain foods from her fridge into my milk. Like occasionally she has packets of salad dressing that she hasn't used, so I'll funnel that into my milk. It's pleasant, it gives me a little variety and prevents food waste. But it's not much food that's being added to the milk, she doesn't have that much extra food and I've noticed that when you are cutting it up to get it in the hole at the top of the milk gallon container, you tend to get bored with cutting it and stop, so that you don't get that much in there. But I'll cut up vegetables, a little bit of meat here and there, a little bit of cookies, and add them to my milk. It is a pretty small amount, so I generally feel honest saying I live on milk.

        I don't know all the reasons it works. I believe milk is very easy for the body to process because it is in fluid form, in other words both an all-skim-milk diet and a solid food one nourish you, but the solid food one is harder for your body to deal with, it stays in you longer as it gets broken up, and it never breaks up completely, solid food is always going to be "cloggier" than milk. Also milk is mostly water so it's great for weight loss, .......
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        May 26 2013: it fills you up with water but at zero calories. Though not a professional nutritionist, I have attempted to investigate how milk does on the list of recommended nutrients. I found that of 20 recommended nutrients, it was only strongly lacking in three, so that's not too bad. I can't remember about lipids, what are lipids?

        I feel I probably think a little better on my all-skim-milk diet because as I say milk is less "cloggy" than solid food, thus my brain is not as "clogged."

        I'm not recommending this diet for anybody else. It has worked for me and I don't think my body is hugely different from other people's, so I think it would work for others. But before I can push it, I need to get it approved by the top nutrition authorities. See my answer to Della below.
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      May 25 2013: You may be the only person over the age of 6 months on a milk diet. What prompted you to try this?
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        May 26 2013: Well, since I've been doing it for five years, I'm probably beyond "trying" it. Della, my eyes were bothering me, and the eye doctors weren't solving it. So I went to this diet, and I do seem to do better eye-wise, and in every other way. Probably it does take a certain amount of self-discipline to do it, but I will tell you it's more enjoyable than it sounds, milk is a really delicious food. It's also cheap, I remember a time when I read that the average American spent about $9 a day on food, whereas I, living on two gallons a day of milk, spent about $6.

        I'm not advocating this diet for anybody else. It has been good for me, and I don't think my body is particularly different from anybody else's. I tend to believe it would be good for other people, but I don't think I can push it until it has been approved by the authoritative nutritionists. The top agency for nutrition in the U.S. is the Food and Nutrition Board, which is part of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., which is part of the Academy of Science.

        Ideally I'd be producing my own milk. When I first got interested in this diet I moved to Ontario, CA, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, and tried for three years to get a job on a dairy milking cows. I never could get one because the farmers all wanted people who grew up on farms, and I grew up in a suburb.