Passion Changes Everything

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” 

~Mark Twain

Finding your passion isn’t just about a dream job for your career, or about being wealthy.  It is about finding your authentic self.  This authentic self is your life propose and the surest way to find it is to follow your passion where it leads you.  When you find it and align everything in your life with it, that is when your eyes light up, and your heart sings with joy.  You literally fill up your soul with light and shine brightly from within. This is your calling, given to you by the divine. It is the difference between really living and just existing.

“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it is realistic or not” 

~Deepak Chopra

When you are in alignment with your purpose, passion creates a calmness within the heart, so that no matter what the madness and chaos that is happening around us, we are at peace.  When you embrace your authentic self, you have no competition.  When you focus on your passion and fulfilling your purpose, the doors of opportunity swing wide open.

Have the courage to follow the things that you are naturally drawn to. Purpose is the reason you journey, walking the path towards insight.  Passion is the fire that lights the way and keeps you going on the dark and stormy nights.   I think of Jane Goodall, who has lived her whole life for monkeys.  I don’t understand her passion for them, but you can see it.  What I can understand is that kind of passion.  I have it, for LemonadeMakers.  It is your job, your responsibility to let the world know why you are here.  The world needs people who have come alive with passion.

“Curiosity only does one thing, and that is to give. And what it gives you are clues on the incredible scavenger hunt of your life.” 

~Elizabeth Gilbert

We find happiness by being driven by this curiosity because it causes us to ask questions that we would never think to ask.  It causes us to look in strange places for answers to the questions and make connections that seem strange, yet they fit perfectly to what is happening in our lives.

It is looking in the strange places that we find clues to what we are capable of in our lives.  We see how everything in our past is connected.  The main path with all of the side roads winding through the woods and back to the main path served a purpose, even though we may not know what it was until years later.  But each jewel we discover is required to have the complete piece of jewelry which is our life.

“One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all. And then stand back to see if we can ever find them” 

~Elizabeth Gilbert

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically – to say “no” to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.” 

~Stephen Covey

You have to peel off the masks of social conditioning that say you must meet the needs of others before your own.  That what you need, desire is as important, and in fact will be fatal to your soul if you don’t pursue it. You must become what you are seeking.  It needs to seep deep into your pores, become part of your cells.  Live and breathe your dream.

Do you remember having a favorite article of clothing that you loved to wear?  It might have been when you were a child, and you wanted to wear it every day, and your mom would argue with you to choose something different.  But you only wanted to wear that particular outfit.  So you would pitch a fit until she gave it, or maybe you snuck it out of the house and changed and wore it anyway.  Wear your passion like that.  Be a rebel.

“You’ll learn as you get older that rules are made to be broken.  Be bold enough to live life on your own terms, and never ever apologize for it.  Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path.  Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look.  Dance as though everyone is watching.  March to the beat of your own drummer.  And stubbornly refuse to fit it” 

~Mandy Hale


Sheryl Silbaugh
Sheryl Silbaugh
SHERYL Silbaugh is a writer, speaker, and transformational coach. She is a Director at Bank of America. She is the founder of created to inspire people to transform grief into gold. In April 2010, Sheryl suffered the loss of her nephew, who was randomly killed by a gang member. The idea of LemonadeMakers came from her grief. She experienced firsthand the creative power of transformation. She started a small Facebook presence that has grown from 500 followers in July 2015 to over 47,300 in March 2017. She demonstrates how to take life’s lemons and make lemonade. She is a skilled guide for those experiencing transition or loss. When we let go of what no longer serves us, and open ourselves to our soul’s calling, we uncover the treasures of our experience and can let the rest blow away on the winds of healing. She aims to support people to create transformation in every area of their lives. She provides insights on how to collaborate together to manifest their dreams in The LemonadeMakers Club. She teaches how to explore our inner and outer world to see what needs to be transformed. She is gifted in her ability to see patterns in human behavior and asks just the right questions to start unlocking the doors to your life purpose and the unique personal genius that we all have. Her book, “Timeless Treasures” will be published the summer of 2017, a collection of over 90 essays on transformation.

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  1. Great perspective on making our lives fit around us instead of us forcing ourselves to fit where we don’t belong and can’t thrive. I do think we feel competition from the outside though. We may be living our passion but that doesn’t mean others aren’t too. It just means we can still be confidently content.

    • I agree. The wonderful thing is that because we are all unique, even if our passions are similar there is a difference. It is like those puzzles where the pieces are almost the same color, but not the exact same shade. When we live who we are without trying to force ourselves into another puzzle pieces spot we are in collaboration instead of competition.