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To avoid drift we must have an anchor.

“What do you want?” If you’re anything like me, this question might overwhelm you. For starters, that’s a little broad don’t you think? If you’re asking me to define everything I desire in life, at least give me a starting point to begin my oration. I have a hard time filtering this question without options if “dinner” becomes the caboose. I need direction in order to respond. Direction helps me navigate the expanse of the question, helps me harness the stimulus in my mind, helps my search engine.

Recently, I watched a Netflix original movie entitled, The Creative Mind. It explored how we are made to “re-create” and how each person’s contribution to life adds to the stimulus we all need to launch this process. Our minds are literally taking in billions of pieces of data in the exhaustive pursuit of creativity. That’s why this feeling of overwhelm is legit. If our purpose is to “re-create” then the question we’re all struggling with identifies a tension in our system.

If my answer is consumption based and not creation based, I’m living against my nature. Which leads to a lack of fulfillment and drift. Both are dangerous. To avoid drift we must have an anchor.

I have my own anchor, the Bible. It is a reliable and fixed source of wisdom that has yet to lead me astray. This is what the Bible says about drift.

Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. Proverbs 29:18 AMP

This idea of being “unrestrained” relates to the human need for an anchor. We simply drift on our own. Now, you don’t have to agree with my anchor but surely I can appeal to your quest for fulfillment. Which brings us back to our purpose, to “re-create.” I say “re-create” because there is a natural creation we cannot take credit for, it preexists mankind and we look to this creation for stimulus to activate our creative purpose. We are “re-creators.” Which doesn’t limit us as much as it releases us to have creative license in our lives. This is why we are obsessed with creating plans, lifestyles, and adding to our material world. However, not all of us can say we are doing this with passion.

Passion is simply an emotion. An emotion that expresses like, preference, desire if you will. Passion can be found in a grandma’s apple pie, in a gardener’s favorite rose bush, or in a photographers perspective of a family. Passion is all around us, and we desperately need it. When we’re not living life doing the things we are passionate about, we drift. We have no vision to anchor to, nothing that inspires us. This is an easy thing to fall into, especially in the busy seasons of life.

That’s why I’ve decided to make a Vision Board for my summer this year. I will need inspiration of my own to chart a course through the waters of an uncharacteristically busy summer this year. Usually, I would have large slow pockets of time to create spontaneously, this summer however my time will be tight. It will be important to keep myself “re-creating” even if it’s scheduled to avoid arriving at a new school year dry and tired.

Maybe this is a new idea for you, this idea of pursuing your passion. Maybe you’ve never left the shore of overwhelm when pressured by the question of what do you want. My most loving nudge for you is to take a baby step and ask yourself this question, “what do I like.” We all need to start somewhere and “like” can lead us on a journey to passion and desire. This will take some courage. It takes courage to start.

When you start doing things you “like” you’ll find yourself becoming inspired and we all need inspiration. You’ll be a spark in the stimulus chain for all mankind. Now, who wouldn’t want to be a spark? It can all start with just a baby step of courage.

You can do it!

Here’s a resource to help you on your way… some ideas for you on PINTEREST. I would recommend creating your very own VISION BOARD if you’ve never tried it. It will give you a chase to explore what you like, and see how all those interests can lead you into a journey of “re-creation” and fulfillment. If nothing else, it will be an opportunity to unwind and have fun in a constructive way. Until next week.

Be strong and courageous,

▪️PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Finally she paints a portrait

I just finished a Hallmark Channel movie that was a bit odd. At one point during the storyline the main character, a female (of course) painter, paints a vision board where the vision she paints begins to take shape in her life.

The mysterious guy in her painting, her “Mr. Right” in the future, becomes the real life object of her vision. Then she realizes even though he’s real and has everything she wants, she has no feelings for him.

Then she paints a new board with a new guy and he breaks her heart. This causes her to ruin her painting and subsequently ruin her chances at her big career break. (Don’t worry, it’s a Hallmark Channel movie.)

Then finally, she paints a portrait of herself.

She follows that up with some other life decisions, salvages her opportunity to show her painting in an art show, which bails her out of destroying her chance at a big career break (remember this is a Hallmark Channel movie), and ultimately gets together with guy #2 who does end up being her “Mr. Right.” The movie ends with a Hallmark Channel movie kiss, which always gets delivered in the last 5 minutes, guaranteed!

Why am I bringing this up you ask? Well let’s go back to painting number three, the self portrait.

Pursuing our passion is like adding brushstrokes to our self portrait. It gives others something to look at that helps them know what we love. Living our lives full of colorful passions gives inspiration to those who may be staring at a blank canvas.

It takes courage to show the world what you love.

The lead in the movie needed to learn that someone else couldn’t fill the void of an unrealized dream. That could only be done by pursuing her own passion. If you’re not pursuing your passion friends, try some things, slap some paint on the canvas of your life, who knows you may end up with a Jackson Pollock.

You owe it to all of us to be strong and courageous.