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Zeal for Living & Zest for Life November 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.

Mickey-DiverPassion is power.  Follow your dreams.

Living life without passion is like trying to go hot air ballooning with an deflated balloon.

The world stands aside to let pass those who know where they are going. ~ David Jordan

Nothing can stop a person who refuses to be stopped.

Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’t haves, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen child.  Anything can be.
~ Shel Silverstein

Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, try to tell us why we can’t do it either.

If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want; all that’s left is compromise. ~ Robert Fritz

Rather than allowing our thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to dictate our re-actions to new events, we can view life with alert curiosity. 

Cultivate optimism.

Become the most positive person you know.

Zeal for living and Zest for life are powerful possessions.


1. theonlycin - November 11, 2010

I love the word ‘zeal’ it makes me smile.
In the cooking world it is a dirty word; a form of pure monosodium glutamate (MSG).
I like your version better …

nrhatch - November 11, 2010

Zest also reminds me of cooking . . . lemon zest, zest of lime, orange zest.

And isn’t cooking up new and tasty offerings what life is all about?

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 11, 2010

Positivity, YES! One of my family’s favorite quotes is from the inimitable and often-quoted baseball legend Dizzy Dean. He became a play-by-play baseball announcer for the radio and TV, mostly as I recall for both CBS and NBC. He was a great pitcher for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs – bitter rivals – and was a star for both teams. The year the Cardinals won the World Series (1934), his pitching won two of the games, and his brother “Daffy’s” won the other two – they were quite a team! Dizzy was well know for his colorful descriptions of play on the field during his broadcast years. The quote my family enjoyed so much, and that has to do with “positivity,” is while commenting on some sort of infraction that Willie McCovey had committed while playing for the SF Giants. He announced with forceful and positive voice, “I’m POSITIVE and ALMOST SURE that Willie McCovey has been thrown out of the game.” When we heard him announce that, we all just HOWLED! There is nothing like being positive – perhaps even better is being “almost sure” of oneself!

nrhatch - November 11, 2010

Great story, Paula!

Love those names ~ Dizzy and Daffy Dean

3. Phil - November 11, 2010

zest brings to mind salad dressing, lol enjoyed reading all your posts.

I am searching for my zest for life that I have lost, because living life without passion is like sitting on a bleacher by the highway of life seeing everybody go by pursuing their wants while you just sit an observe there success and failures lacking the zeal/passion to even make an attempt.

nrhatch - November 12, 2010

It’s a worthy search.

You might try a timed writing exercise to access your hidden passion. Set the timer for 5 minutes and write as fast as you can on topics like:

One perfect day * An ideal job for me * What I love to do in my free time

Or just browse in the bookstore or library and see which books and topics appeal to you.

Happy hunting!

4. Phil - November 13, 2010

Much thanks for your words of encouragement, I will take the opportunity to say keep up the good work. I stumbled onto your site on a random search and found a site worthy of my time and feedback.

I love what you said about the gift of freedom to yourself I can totally relate.

Blessings of Health & Strength unto you for the positive contribution unto random guest/visitors like me.

nrhatch - November 13, 2010

Thanks, Phil!

Encouraging readers to find and follow their heart’s desire is my heart’s desire.

We hold the keys to the boxes we’ve locked ourselves into. Bringing more awareness and mindfulness into our lives helps unlock the doors that hold us at bay.

Here’s to re-inflating your balloon! Onward and upward.

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