Fireworks and Passions

“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”

English cleric and theologian, John Wesley, was born on this day in 1703 (d. 1791)

I’ve never really wanted to be a fireworks display.

The nation, of course, is is preparing to spend ridiculous amounts of money on fireworks this coming weekend in celebration of my birthday.

That and the nation’s independence.

PSA: Please leave the fireworks to the professionals. I know they’re (dangerously) fun. But those of us who own animals of any size aren’t looking forward to the neighborhood displays. Summer thunderstorms are enough.

I digress.

I’m thinking about passions this morning…no not that kind.

But I’m thinking about what inspires me and keeps me going.

And I’m thinking about the things I’m doing just because they “have to be done.”

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Do they? Really?

In recent months I’ve talked about focusing on one project. I did that, and the result was Friday’s publication of the book.

Speaking of which, if you’ve purchased a copy 1) thank you, and 2) please leave a review on Amazon.

But the book is done, so what is next? Not to worry, I have a list.

Not only that but what about everything else?

It can be stressful.

Reality is, we’re all feeling stressed these days.

Inflation, gas prices, grocery prices, Supreme decisions.

Regardless of who you blame, or applaud, all of that complicates what we all do daily just to survive.

So maybe you think there’s no time to be passionate about something. Unless of course you’re passionate about arguing over those issues.

That can be more stressful.

Somewhere in there, there’s a balance between what we have to do to survive, and maybe even thrive, and those things that fuel our passions.

Right now I think I could be passionate about finding a way to wrap this up.

Hang in there. Don’t let the worries of the day smother your passions.

Burn ’em if you’ve got ’em.

American actress and comedian, Gilda Radner was born on this day in 1946 (d. 1989). This will always be my favorite “Weekend Update” clip.


1491 – Henry VIII of England (d. 1547)
1902 – Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer (d. 1979)
1926 – Mel Brooks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1932 – Pat Morita, American actor (d. 2005)
1946 – Gilda Radner, American actress and comedian (d. 1989)
1971 – Elon Musk, South African-born American entrepreneur


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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

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