With all the thoughts of “Who am I?” and “What drives me?” whirling around in my head, I began to feel something else causing clutter in my life. I realized that I was beginning to collect too many books. One thing I know for sure is having too much of anything drives me nuts! A whole bunch of stuff is hard to travel with, and excess simply weighs down the soul. So, I began to purge books.
I most often accumulate points on paperbackswap.com or collect a little cash from bookscouter.com or simply donate them to betterworldbooks.com; I just needed to sort them into the appropriate shipping boxes.
As I placed book after book into its box of destination, swap…cash…donate, I read the title of one to determine its fate, “Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You,” by Gina A. Rudan.
What? Passions working? What does that mean?
I did not have a “keeper” box so I placed this one on my nightstand. I wondered how this book got into the house and why hadn’t I read it yet.
That night I opened the pages to remarkable advice and insight on finding my passions and, a bonus, making them work with my skills.
So, my story begins and I know of no other place to share it than here which means some things may change. I may get real personal on these pages, I may toy around with some new dialogue and share some new adventures but it will all be done as an exercise in creating my legacy.
Next week, I will sort through my internal conflict of how to fuse my Christian values with my future vocation and my passions. Time for a brief confession… I held onto another book, “Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers,” by my friend and former neighbor, Troy Bronsink. Troy should be able to fill in some blanks. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Female-Genius-Gina-Rudan-at-TED/player?layout=&read_more=1