BARRE TALK

PASSION

DON’T WAIT FOR EXTRAORDINARY TO FIND YOU. IT’S NOT LOOKING.

“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” – Khaled Hosseini, from his book, And the Mountains Echoed   When I first encountered this phrase while reading “And the Mountains Echoed,” it resonated strongly. And my reaction was visceral. Why is it that we are all just waiting? Why are we passively waiting for something extraordinary to happen to us? The real truth, I believe, is that we should all expect to encounter the extraordinary everyday, and that we should actively create our own extraordinary, even if the creating is a hard thing to do. The pursuit of the extraordinary requires much of us. It calls us to recognize the beauty and majesty in everything around us. It requires that we stop and make the time to actually participate in the divine, which is innate to every living thing. It calls us to enact and embrace dramatic change. Change and I are well acquainted. Like many people, I was once a searcher, wonderer, speculator, and hoper. In retrospect, I was waiting for the extraordinary to find me. But patience is not my strong suit. Read More