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Monday, May 19, 2008

A Passion For Life

[I wrote this in the spring of 1982. It became a column in a newsletter coming from the senior volunteer organization that I had just been hired to direct.]


I am the new director of the [....] program. I wanted to tell you about something that happened to me in the past couple of days. My awareness of the vitality of the life spirit has been greatly sharpened by three events or incidents, if you will, that burst into my consciousness and formed a pattern I wanted to share with you, a passion for life.

. . . A relative of mine has undergone open heart surgery for the third time and is hanging on with a tenacious will to live. She, at age sixty plus, chose the surgery, knowing the risks, because of her passion for life. Hers has always been a full life even though her heart problems really began at birth.

. . . A ninety-plus year old lady passed away the other day but the story was told that, just shortly before she died, she was visited by a pastor friend in the hospital. She greeted him gladly and laid aside the Newsweek magazine she had been reading saying with a little grunt, "I really am going to have to stop reading these things; I get so upset with the way things are going!"
At her age and in her condition, here she was still vitally interested and aware of the world. . . a passion for life to the very end of a long life of commitment.

. . . I am a first-time grandmother this very day. My eyes filled with joyful tears to see my young son grin as if his face would break as he contemplated his new beautiful daughter. Her visible dimples and curly dark hair seemed to captivate us all -- grandparents, sisters, nurses and other family members of newborns that we didn't even know. There was this new life lying there howling one moment and another looking at her new world as if she could not get enough of the view.

All of this has come to my mind for this column because it occurred to me that volunteering, for many Senior Citizens I have observed, seems to have just the same quality of vitality, commitment and yes, passion, that the scenes I shared with you exhibit. Let us hope that we at [this program] and at your volunteer stations can continue to make it possible for volunteers to have activities and work that satisfy deeply.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.