Here in Australia we’ve been enjoying watching a TV programme from the UK called “Country House Rescue”. It involves a successful hotelier, Ruth Watson, visiting people with old country houses that need financial rescue and giving them practical advice on how to get their country house renovated and up and running again. The people she advises are usually hopelessly inept at the financial and practical side of things, even though they may be devoted to the houses they inhabit.
We mainly enjoy it for Ruth Watson. She’s an energetic, no-nonsense woman who hands out down-to-earth, practical advice, and doesn’t hold back in telling people the plain truth. She is forthright, doesn’t worry about sparing people’s feelings, and has a very intuitive approach to what works for each individual house.
The people she has to deal with are another matter. So many of them seem quite unable to accept her advice, although you’d think – having been given the privilege of her usually very expensive advice for free – that they would listen carefully to the suggestions from someone who is very, very successful in her chosen field. But no. So many of them listen, argue, procrastinate or are resistant to her ideas and have to be dragged kicking and screaming towards action to generate income and activity for the (always) expensive upkeep and constant renovation of their very large homes. think only one couple took up her ideas with enthusiasm and made them work, and it really was very good to see them make a success of their venture and look happy doing the type of work Ruth Watson advised them to undertake.
I watch her and think there must be a lot of Aries-type energy in her because she is full of energy, has leadership ability, calls a spade a spade, and is very, very practical.
What made me write this post is that this passionate, energetic, very direct, very humorous woman has identified her passion in life, which is running hotels and involvement in the hospitality industry, and the rescue of big, old, country houses in the UK which are steeped in history and significance for the environment where they’re constructed.
She is very successful financially and is very, very good in her chosen profession which she obviously thoroughly enjoys. The other thing about her which endears her to me are the amazingly loud, huge necklaces she wears, quite outrageous, but worn with flair and panache.
I always find it interesting to see what grabs people’s attention or what fires up their passion. Now, when you mention passion, I’m sure most people think of arty-farty stuff, whereas what I’m thinking of is the very stuff of life which feeds your passion, direction and inner happiness.
A while back we saw a couple on Kevin McLeod’s Grand Designs find on the internet a ruin of a French chateau which they fell in love with on the spot and bought within a couple of days. They moved to France and completed the restoration of what has emerged as a magnificent mansion, lovingly brought back to life with furnishings which are lovingly chosen for their resonance with the history and ambience of this now beautiful house.
I also read recently of an inventor in India, a man, who developed a passion to develop low-cost sanitary napkins for poor Indian women who most often having nothing to use when their monthly periods arrive. For a man to be involved in these sorts of products in India has been, for many, quite beyond the pale and culturally inappropriate. But he’s persevered as if, once the idea had seized hold of him, he had no choice, it called to his inner spirit.
In his zeal and focus, his wife left him and eventually his mother walked out. But he has developed the means to produce a cheap inner filling for these pads, a machine which can be operated and produced at low cost, so that he can show women how to work it, made an income for themselves and, in the process, employ more women. Not only is this dedicated man providing cheap sanitary pads for very poor Indian women, he has opened up employment activities and become involved in spreading health advice for women who can often die young from preventable reproductive problems.’ Oh, and the good news is that his wife eventually returned to him!
I’ve seen the same dedication in teachers, child-care workers, plumbers, motor mechanics, wood workers, writers, carers for the elderly or disabled, musicians, all of whom get a light in their eyes when they do work they love. I’ve deliberately included types of work a lot of people wouldn’t normally consider as inspiring passion, but I’ve known very many people who love what might be called low-skilled or low-paid work which they love and which leaves them returning home feeling happy and fulfilled at the end of their working day.
I believe it’s important to listen to what fires YOU up, not what others think you should do for the money, prestige or security. You can live a wealthy life which is very poor because you’re living to work, not working to live. I’ve also seen very poor people who have a wealthy life in terms of happiness, fulfilment and a devotion to what feeds their heart and soul.
I’ve personally found that, when you sort out yourself astrology-wise, it helps you come to a position of peace with who you actually area. I always felt a strong sense of service and felt I “ought” to be doing work which involved a lot of interaction with people on a political and trade union basis, as I’ve always been committed to social justice. It was a huge relief to realise that my communication skills arouse far more passion in me when I’m helping people with problems or challenges because I have a particular astrological formation which helps me see into people and understand their emotional and spiritual challenges. I also realised that writing is my forte which also, by allowing me quiet time, feeds my need to withdraw from community and replenish myself in peace and quiet and all things to be found in the countryside.
So when I urge people to find their passion, what I’m really advising is to sort out who you are within, your innate gifts and talents, and to focus on what really gives your heart and soul that uplift and feeling of fulfilment and happiness which means you’re leading the life you’re mean to lead. That is what is truly spiritual – not necessarily spending heaps of time being overtly “spiritual” or behaving in a saintly fashion (which will probably drive people barking mad), but living life with the passion which is your gift when you enter this life. If we all did this, the world would be a far happier place!