Find your fire

“if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.”
Charles Bukowski

Passion. Defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. Fire. Defined as a destructive burning of something. Sounds pretty bad now, doesn’t it? But, if you think about it for a while, creation is a destructive process. Or is it the other way around?

Never mind.

But I do wonder, did you find your passion? Are you sure? Is it the thing that controls you? Make you want to jump out of the bed in the morning? The thing you can’t live without?

You did not?

How does it feel to live like that? Without passion. Being lukewarm. Wishy-washy. A leaf in the wind.

Fun fact: high-performers have about 70% more energy than others. They act more, they do more, they get more stuff done in less time than the average person.

Maybe it’s passion that fuels them.

Maybe it’s the thing they can’t live without that makes them feel so alive that they are almost twice as better than the average person.

Think about it.

Did you find your passion? Or did you settle for it? Did you tell yourself a nice story as to why you can’t go all in? Are you playing it safe?

Are you lukewarm? Wishy-washy? A leaf in the wind?

Or are is there a fire burning deep inside your soul? One that nothing could ever extinguish?

Are you barely breathing and call it living?

If yes, why.

If not, congratulations. The world needs more people like you.



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  1. Cristian, this line, “How does it feel to live like that? Without passion. Being lukewarm. Wishy-washy. A leaf in the wind” to me, conveys the same thoughts and picture of these ancient words;
    These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God;
    I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.
    So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
    Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and don’t know you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked……………..
    Revelation 3:14-22


  2. Oh I like this one a lot. It makes sense not just in hobbies but those people that you hold close to you. If you aren’t blind by the passion for what you do, by who you surround yourself with, by your waking breathe…then don’t do it. This is an invigorating poem, and one I find very honest at the core of what it means to live full.
    I don’t believe in a glass half full, I believe we engineer our own fate and happiness. I will engineer a glass that is the correct dimension to what I need. If it doesnt fill the glass…if it doesn’t come bursting out of you…don’t do.
    Words to live by indeed.


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