Some people think that passion and work are not supposed to mix. After all,
we work to make a living, not to feed our souls, right?
如果你是这么想的，那就大错特错了。职业顾问Mary Lyn Miller 认为激情是至关重要的。
She says your passion is part of your "core essence（精神内核）" - your talents,
your gifts, and all of the things that make you who you are. Your passion is
your life force or energy. "It's a part of you that you bring to everything you
do," she adds.
But, your true passions never go away; sometimes, you just have to rediscover
想重新找回工作和生活的激情？Here are some of Miller's tips to help you discover - or
rediscover - your passions and live the life you were meant to live.
1. Reflect on your past (回顾你的过去).
Miller says a great way to identify your
real passions is to think about your life, especially your childhood, and
identify things that you love. What has given you the most joy? What comes
easily to you? Think about your favorite subjects in school or your favorite
games as a child. If you loved playing with puppets or putting on plays, you
might have a starved performer inside you waiting to get out. Once you identify
your predilections (爱好), you can figure out how to utilize them. For example,
the person who is yearning to perform can find opportunities at work for public
speaking. "A lot of our passions are right there in front of us," Miller says.
2. Identify your dreams (明确你的梦想).
If you want to uncover your passions,
you need to identify your dreams. Make a list of things that you long to do,
things you would do if you had nothing to lose. Miller says it is important to
challenge your assumptions. Maybe your dream is to be a dancer on Broadway.
Identifying this might not get you all the way to New York City, but it will
point you in the right direction. Don't leave something off the list because you
think it is not feasible. Sometimes just being willing to identify your dreams
opens you up to something new.
3. Look for opportunities to nurture your passions (寻找培养激情的机会).
suggests picking up a course catalogue from a community college. Look through
the classes offered and mark each that elicits a strong reaction in you. Give
yourself the opportunity to follow these reactions. If you get a feeling about
something, try it. If you are interested in the arts, take an art appreciation
class. If you dream of being a photographer, take a photography course. Sing,
dance, write - do whatever you feel drawn to. "You have to be willing to do some
experimentation," she says.
4. Build a world and lifestyle around your passions
Miller says that everyone needs to follow the things
that motivate and inspire us. She uses the analogy of a seed. Each of us is born
with an inner seed and this is where our passions lie. If this seed is deserted,
never watered and deprived of sunlight, it will not grow. But, if it is planted
in the right environment, it will bloom. Like that seed, you need to put
yourself in the right environment. If you yearn to be creative, a conservative
corporate environment might not be the best choice. "Look for a work environment
that fosters who you really are," says Miller. Once you do, you will find that
your passions are able to be expressed more freely, which will lead to more
Learning how to live your passion takes time, exploration and the willingness
to take chances. The important thing is to start now. "This life is not a dress
rehearsal(彩排)," says Miller. "You need to put something in your life that gives
（改编自：英文荟萃 英语点津 Annabel 编辑）