Sunday, June 08, 2008

Tip#163: Be Compelled By Passion (or Chocolate!)

There are certain actions we all take that originate from a passionate feeling. It is this strong feeling that could take us in new directions filled with benefits for improving our lives. We just have to follow this impulse and see where the passion takes us.

Passion in Chocolate

Recently I was interviewed on a live webcast by two partners of an organization called, Why Did You Go. These amazing women are dedicated to improving the workplace and an individual's happiness in their career. After the fun interview we all shared some delicious chocolate together. One of the interviewers was compelled to record our blissful experience and now we had an entertaining document of how chocolate energizes and excites.

This passionate experience then compelled me to create video art to accompany the audio. It was such a strong feeling that I fully immersed myself in the process of exploring this new art form. With the aid of my new iMac I got 2 months ago (see tip#145: Believe In The Impossible), I am now able to put visuals to a recorded example of how powerful it is to share a passion, like chocolate, with others. See the video art here.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This reminded me of movies where the heroes follow their passions compelling them to creatively express themselves. There is the young boy in the film August Rush who discovers a love for composing music. In following his passion he creates beautiful, soulful compositions that, in turn, fills others with blissful energy. And he did this without any formal training.

One of my favourite movies in my teens was Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This film stars Richard Dreyfuss who plays Roy, an ordinary man who has an extraordinary encounter with an U.F.O. From that life-changing moment something deep inside him is stirred and awakened.

Roy is then compelled to sculpt an image he sees in his mind. With no previous artistic abilities he creates a beautiful, massive sculpture of a mountain. His passion and obsession leads him to the real mountain where, along the way, meets like-minded people who share his vision. This then leads Roy to a profoundly joyful experience of meeting the friendly extraterrestrials he first encountered.

Passion is Joyful Energy

So if you are being compelled to explore a strong feeling, know that this could be a passion leading you to experience something joyful. You could be compelled to be creative and find ways of expressing yourself that will connect you to like-minded people.

All you have to do is trust this strong feeling and know that it is a positive energy leading you to answers you've been seeking. Find the courage to step into the unknown, follow your passions and share it with others.

To view the video art for "Chocolate Energizes" go to this YouTube link. Click here

And please let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.

Emmanuel Lopez
Motivational Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read your latest motivational tip and enjoyed it very much. I also viewed your video art on chocolate. That was EXCELLENT! I loved the pictures you used. I had not seen some of them and therefore, it was a nice treat.

The movies, "Chocolat" and "Jerry Maguire" are among my all-time favourite movies. I could feel all of your excitement and joy over eating the delicious chocolate and laughed from hearing all of you laugh.