Surrender!by Charlotte FoustAt last! I have finally surrendered to my passion. Yes, surrendered. I did not pursue it, it pursued me. Patiently, it has pursued me through all of the ups and downs, the good and bad of my life. My constant invisible companion, it has persistently guided me into situations where it could not be ignored. But until recently, I was able to acknowledge it and then lock it away in the deepest corner of my heart.Pursuing a passion was something other people did. There was no room in my life for what I wanted to do. The ‘fact’ that I wasn’t good enough was always there staring me in the face as well. As a child, I was encouraged to get an education. I was told to learn to do something that would pay enough to support me so I wouldn’t have to depend on anyone else to take care of me. The implication was that no one else would want to, so I would need to take care of myself. I used a good deal of energy ignoring the constant pulling from within. I always believed it was easier to do that than to risk being hurt. The path I took to get where I am was full of pot-holes, twists and turns. It was a bumpy ride.My passion has won. The war I have waged with myself is ended. This is not a temporary cease fire or a truce. I have surrendered. I have, at long last, realized that I do not have to be someone else’s vision of the person I am or do the things that other people believe are best for me.The road I travel now, not so much in pursuit of but in response to the driving of my passion, is smoother. There are still twists and turns, but they are gentle. I rarely step in a pot hole. I am realizing my deepest desires. I am moving in a direction that is exciting and new…everyday. I recognize that passion is a synonym for truth. Allowing myself to be driven and led by my passion, I am becoming my authentic self.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About the AuthorCharlotte Foust is the Associate Minister of Unity of Las Vegas. After leaving her first career as a dancer in Las Vegas, she took time out to be a wife and mother. Always seeking her own place in the world, she pursued careers in direct marketing, retail, cosmetology, and escrow. As the owner/director of a ballroom dance studio, she developed a program of creative and therapeutic dance for the intellectually challenged. Leaving the corporate world behind, Charlotte became the executive assistant to motivational speaker and author, Judi Moreo. Working as Ms. Moreo’s assistant became the key to unlocking her true passion. With Judi’s support and mentoring, Charlotte began developing her writing skills. After years of study and with much support from family and friends, she is now following her calling as a minister.Her latest book is Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion.
QUICK NOTE...Update: 9/7/19
First of all, my heart goes out to all those affected by the recent heinous weather outbreaks, most recently being Hurricane Dorian. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and we're still trying to get back in our home. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Hopefully by month's end, we'll be back in there to start the next leg of recovery. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.