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Day 5 – On Living Your Passion and a Quote from Mark Twain

Readers,
 
Only 5 days into this goal of 40 days of reflection and I’m struggling to post before midnight.  It’s amazing how time flies during the day.  Today’s topic is one that I’ve been thinking about all day – living free and finding your passion.  To give credit where credit is due, NPR started the thought process on this one.
 
The Quote
 
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
 
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

~ E.E. Cummings

 
The Reflection
 
Today on public radio there was a conversation that focused around letting yourself go, and the freedom that comes from being yourself.  Initially, my thought process led me down the path of thinking about how free most artists seem to be, and how happy.  Although I haven’t been heavily involved in the artist communities, I do know enough artists and been exposed to enough of their lifestyles to know that many sacrifice a lot for their craft.  They may work a standard job so they can pay for the supplies they need, but then spend every free minute lost in their creativity.  I’ve often thought of this lifestyle in an almost envious light.  What passion some artists have.  It’s incredible.
 
But then it got me thinking about the gifts that these artists have which allow them to be as creative as they are.  Eventually it led me to ask – what about those people who aren’t artistically gifted?  Why is it okay for the artist to give themselves so entirely to their craft but a business-person who works the same amount of time or with the same intensity is labeled as a workaholic or worse?  For someone that’s gifted in ways more suited toward the business world, they should be free to fill their passion as well without facing ridicule. 
 
Passion is a gift.  A person is blessed if they have something that they’re passionate about and are able embrace that passion, whether it’s creating the next masterpiece in oil on canvas or by launching the next IPO.   Too many people these days have lost their passion altogether. 

Public Broadcasting Under Attack

Readers,

It’s not often that something in politics moves me enough to write about it, but the House Republicans’ recent success in passing a bill that would cut the entire $430M is appalling.  Not only will they cut funding to zero, but their plan is to have it at zero by the end of 2012. This means that many of the programs that have such a positive impact on our culture, both with the young and the old, will have to come up with a plan to make up a huge portion of their revenue in a very small amount of time.  That or cut the quality or quantity of their programming.

For those interested in voicing concern over this outrage, I encourage you to take a look at the website 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.  It’s a call to action website where you can get updates and information or even email your own State Senators and Representative.

For those who aren’t aware of all the programs included under the umbrella of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, it includes organizations such as NPR, PBS, and Public Radio International

Some of the decisions as to which government programs are important and which aren’t are absolutely disgusting.  This, unfortunately, is one of them.

~ The Hatter

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