How this little angel realigned my life…
By Allison Wentworth Ross,
April 20, 2021
Meet Olivia, my granddaughter.
About a year ago, as part of a Passion Test exercise for identifying my top five passions, family came up at the top of my list. This came as a surprise! After being self-employed for almost twenty years, I had become accustomed to revolving everything around my business. I would pride myself on getting by with little sleep, eating on the go, and using "I have work to do" as a plausible reason to get out of any family events. The result was exhaustion, overwhelm, and the general feeling that life's in control of me.
This is indeed a bundle of joy. Watching my son and daughter-in-law love parenting, yet struggling to balance his work-from-home high-pressured job and her PhD with being doting, hands-on parents brought out the mommy in me. I hadn't felt that need to nurture in many years!
As if on cue, this mantra began to play over and over again in my mind: 'Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision, or an opportunity, choose in favour of your passions.' Janet Bray Attwood, The Passion Test.
For me, it was suddenly a no-brainer. Family comes first. So I decided to put one day aside away from business to spend exclusively with this little one while her parents have some breathing space to get things done. And it's turned out to be my favourite day of the week! We play, we sing, we dance, we eat and, oh my goodness, we laugh.
For the first time in twenty years, I now have one day a week where I leave home without my laptop, I don't schedule any meetings, and I hardly check my phone for messages. As for business, this joy spills over into it. Instead of jamming everything I thought was important into a working week, I can now poiltely say "No, thank you" to anything that threatens my peace and "Yes, please!" to the things that excite me.
What are your passions? Just listing them is enough to bring you joy and remind you of who you really are when you turn off the bustle.