Sunday, September 19, 2010

What keeps passion alive?

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Steve Sapato: Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:27 PM
I believe that what creates passion in our lives is our own desire to know more... more about this person, more about this topic, more about... the reason passion wanes in our relationship is because we have stopped wanting to know more and believe and take for granted the one we think we know. Fire up the passion by learning more about your partner. Think you know them well? Try going into separate rooms and writing down your top ten goals for 1) Family- what you want to do 2) Travel - where you want to go, see and do 3) Home - what you want your home to look like, contain, become 4) Money- how much you want, how you will achieve it, save it, spend it 5) Become - what YOU want to achieve in your life personally, education? Job? romance? travel? profession

then come back into the room in 20 minutes and compare. Never never never make fun of their list, or ridicule their list, or negate what they want. Just learn about your partner and create the passion again.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Love is finding something within another

I love this story but it brings up so many questions to me? So before you start this story... think of this... when you fell in love with your partner you had all of these loving and romantic beliefs in them. Over the years one or both have lost that amazement.

Now read this wonderful story and think of your love and how you are loved... who is noticing? Who is not...

In Washington, DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32. After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.
He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?