One thing I really enjoy is asking people what they are passionate about.
It’s not a common question, and sometimes it can take a little bit of prodding before they are able to answer. At other times though, people will launch into exuberant sharing even without being asked, talking for minutes upon minutes before feeling apologetic for having, they fear, rambled on.
But no apology is necessary. It is a delight to hear.
“Whole-hearted listening is the greatest spiritual gift you can give to the other person.”
“…if we would only listen with the same passion that we feel about wanting to be heard.”
— Harriet Lerner
There is a lot of talk “out there” about speaking strong and letting the world hear you and hear about you. But there’s always the other side of the equation that isn’t mentioned or considered as often and yet we should and need to think about in at least in equal amounts. Because for every speaker there has to be at least one listener. More often it’s a whole group, which means that to really build passion we ought to spend more time listening than speaking.
It isn’t just a matter of speaking with passion – we need to listen with passion.
And it is that space that invites unexpected outpourings of enthusiasm and joy, no prodding needed.
It is a space we can create by listening for the gold and watching as vitality, possibility, and connectedness all blossom.