A colleague once said to me: “I’m just doing my job, nothing more. So don’t assume I fully agree with the management” I smiled, and I think: “Yeah, right!” When someone said that, it means no personal ownership on the job. Obviously, this colleague of mine did not like whatever he was doing.
OK, let’s be honest. We did the same thing, sometimes. We are not designed to always agree with each other. We are not destined to get along for eternity. Why? Because each of us is unique sentient being with individual differences. Ultimately, uniqueness is the central attributes for defining who we really are. The differences resulted from this determine our conflicts as well as our creativity.
So, what is so strange about it? The answer is simple: We are not always happy with it.
Differences not always make us happy or passionate. Strangely though, in certain times in our life, differences induce certain levels of conflict and that makes the passion grows. It feels like when we feel anxious with the surrounding, something push us from within. That ‘something’ gives us energy to express ourselves, to fight and claim for what we believe we should.
In his Theory U, Otto Scharmer offered the concept of ‘the source’. It is about something within us; something we can hardly define but we know it’s there, and it’s too strong to deny. It’s the source of our passion, something that always provides us energy to stand again every time we fall, and fight again every time we fail. It is our perpetual ‘calling’.
This perpetual calling is extremely personal, often hidden and emotional. It is often suppressed by our tendency to be socially compliant, but it will erupt when it calls our passion. It is invisible, and yet, it is enormously influential in our life. When we are living through harsh times, finding our own calling provide us both hope and energy. Even in conflicting situation, our ‘source’ help us to enjoy the struggle. As some people said, “the passion is in the risk, and that makes life fun”.
This explains to us why some people are so crazy about what they are doing. This helps us to understand historical people who decide how history is written through their passion (such as Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, or even Lady Gaga). Their passion, either we perceived it as positive or negative, affect lots of people. If they ever stop listening to their ‘source’ and surrender their passion, the life of most people will definitely be different.
As Scharmer has suggested, knowing our ‘source’ and being adept in downloading to it will provide us a perpetual energy to do things passionately. Of course, this comes from serious practice on listening to our own ‘source’ and tapping energy from it. A considerable amount of time for practicing this skill can makes us a seasoned yet passionate individual.
So, allow me to repeat this again for you…..”the passion is in the risk, and that makes life fun”. Let’s listen to our ‘source’, be passionate, and enjoy the fun ride in the rollercoaster of life.
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