Passion by NHS England
This morning, I came across this video of a recent NHS conference. It was a gathering of Vanguards (what is the collective noun for several Vanguards? A Self Importance of Vanguards?). I have to admit that I don’t really understand a word the chap is saying but I’m sure that everyone in that room would declare themselves as being “passionate” about vanguardship.
As a purely aside issue, I wish someone had been passionate about the soft furnishings at the venue. Those curtains and carpets really don’t work. And what on earth is that frilly, valance type thing at the foot of the stage?
Anyway, back to topic.
I’m a little bit woozy about people announcing themselves as “passionate”. Profiles are full of passionate people trumpeting how passionate they feel.
One of my very first counselling clients was a man who designed the glass casings for lightbulbs. If you’d have told me that I’d have to sit with a chap for an hour as he described the most intricate detail of his work, I might have backed out before the off. But this man was fascinating. He was so passionate about his work that it was impossible not to be caught up in his enthusiasm. By the end of a session, I’d find myself sitting on the edge of my seat, wanting to know more. Passion like that is infectious. It was not possible to not be engaged by such rich, raw passion. The man was totally fulfilled by his work and was very alive. I felt quite sad when our work came to an end a few weeks later.
That’s the thing about passion. People who are passionate about something don’t announce it. They just are. It doesn’t matter what they are passionate about because it is their aliveness that really connects.
The minute you start announcing that you are passionate, the magic is gone.
My tip to the Vanguards is: Don’t claim. Be.
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