Paul Rabbitts FRSA FLI

Author, Parks Historian, Public Speaker



A Passion for what we do

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Defining passion - 'an extreme interest in or wish for doing something, such as a hobby, activity, etc' as well as 'very powerful feelings'. Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things, passion is the fuel in the fire of action. When you have passion for something, you love it even when you hate it. I have been pondering passion latterly for a number of reasons. I have often been told that I am passionate about what I do, and yes I am. I love what I do but I suppose this was questioned recently when I was approached for a new job opportunity in one of the big London Boroughs. It really pulled at me and questioned my ambitions. However, as good an opportunity as it was, my passion for my job, my work and my place and the people I work with and for far outweighed any opportunity elsewhere. 

I have delivered a number of lectures recently too and I have to admit, the meeting of people and sharing my passion and experiencing the passion people have for what they love too is simply wonderful. I find it enlivening and fulfilling. Today this was further reinforced by a phonecall from my good friend Dominic Liptrot from Lost Art who was on his way back from an event in Edinburgh and called in to see the restored fountain in Princes Street Gardens. Whilst this is his work, the joy of what he does and feels cannot be described in words. 

At the same time, whilst we often thrive on such energy that is generated by what we do, it is important to remember that during challenging times, we need to look after ourselves and control our emotions. Being passionate for something and especially with work, can lead to others taking advantage and becoming overloaded. It is important to get that balance right. My friend and colleague Hayley sent me this earlier this week and it is possibly one of the most enlightening pieces of advice I have been sent. 

So my philosophy is:-

Be careful what you wish for

The grass isn't always greener on the other side

Be passionate

Be motional

And take care of yourself..... and others 

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