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What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?

Mr. Smith talked about all kinds of excuses we are making for not going for it in life. I have many tiered dreams in life, and while some are checked off (like working abroad), others still need to be (like changing the world). I find myself thinking that there are too many gatekeepers in the world and too much potential for environmental destruction (i.e. putting out a certain product), so I am always rethinking my "passion", and hoping that I don't come across something where others or the world have to suffer just because of my own ego / narcissistic need to self-actualize.

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    Mar 19 2012: 'passion' - this word has lost meaning and import from the frequent cliches it finds itself subjected to from overuse in benign and unimaginative conversation
    i believe - 'trust your path, the rest will follow.'
    As soon as a personal talent and gift becomes driven by the dollar then I believe it changes from a holistic love of something to a quest for recognition of that self discovery. I think it is such a middle/upper class discussion for a western world as many in third world countries would just innately be doing what they were good at without thought or speculation of self fulfilment, this in turn would normally mean taking only enough from the earth. Unfortunately, people following passions sometimes have not been gentle and it has involved taking more than their fair share and plundering the earth's resources to do so.
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      Mar 21 2012: This... is interesting.

      Is 'trusting your path', however, not also susceptible to the path of the ungentle and overly plunderous?
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        Mar 21 2012: Hi Tim,
        Yes perhaps it could be but I believe to trust your path is to trust something bigger than you, something predetermined and possibly intangiable. i would hope when we were following a 'destiny' so to speak, it would be in the natural order of things and almost be part of your blue print, your design and genetic makeup. when it is a learned and then forced enthusiasm, I do not believe it is necessarily going to be in harmony with the divine, thus leaving greed and corruption to creep in.
        As an aside, I do believe it is ok to make a living from something you do well, in fact better than ok.
        It is a fair question Tim, as a cello player or a book lover, these things all require resources and my hope is that we take only enough and replenish where we can. My thoughts anyway.

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