Lately, I have been intrigued with the concept of grassroots organizing. What started out as a 2-hour a week volunteer commitment (with Organizing for America- OFA) has now snowballed into many hours a week. Sometimes, it feels like a full time job. Much to learn…much to do…Never enough hours in the day. I have always known what it felt like to be passionate about something. I must admit, however, that for the past few years, I had become complacent and forgotten the feeling. And, now with my work with OFA, I am remembering. When you are passionate about something, it drives you. Passion keeps you young in body, mind, and spirit. Doing something you are passionate about can transform your life in so many ways. It helps you stay sharp and you tend to not focus on your own woes. You are able to get outside of yourself; and be of service to others.
It’s never too late to find your passion and follow it. It does take some soul searching, reflection, commitment and courage. Courage because it might mean taking some risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone; or doing some things that might not seem appropriate at the time.
This is what grassroots organizing is doing for me. Many days, I am outside of my comfort zone, but I do it anyway. And, for the most part, I do feel that I am making a difference.
What are you passionate about? What impact has it had or is it having on your life?
5 More Nuggets
A continuation of my nuggets of truth for women who want to age with dignity and confidence. By the way, passion was one of the nuggets I shared in one of my earlier posts.
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Practice gratitude.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
- Have goals.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
- Dream big.
"Dreams come in a size too big so we can grow into them." – Josie Bisset
- Practice forgiveness.
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Alexander Pope
If you have some nuggets (or comments) or quotes you would like to share, I welcome them. As always, I am open and receptive to anything you have to say. And, I am still looking for women who are aging gracefully (with dignity and confidence). Let me hear from you.