Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. Wayne Dyer Good morning! We naturally want the best for those whom we are close with. Whether it be our children, our relatives, our friends, our acquaintances - as women we are natural nurturers. It's important to realize that our views and attitudes about our world are the single biggest influence we can give to those around us--either positive or negative. Keeping the zest alive in our own lives is one of the most influential ways to encourage passion in others. Here are some ideas to awaken the passion within. Find a role model. Think of people you know who seem to have a natural passion for their life and their world. Spend time with these people and spend less time with people who are negative. Make positive people the models for your own days and conduct. Discover something new. Choose an interest that you have never made time for and make time for it. Perhaps its painting, writing, photography or woodworking - as you rediscover the passion and joy found in creating, let that spill over into other areas of your life. Ann McGee-Cooper offers strategies to help people rediscover lost passions in her book, You Don't Have to Come Home From Work Exhausted. Here are a few of her tips: -Be curious - try anything once. -Challenge yourself to learn new things. -Believe in the impossible. -Smile a lot and laugh often. -Experience and express emotions freely. -Be creative - even about solving everyday problems. -Let go of worry. Don't dwell on what awful things might happen. -Focus on the incredible things just around the corner. -Don't allow yourself to be confined by the judgment of others. Dream. -Imagine your life the way you'd like it to be - no matter how outrageous. Your Turn: Keeping the passion alive in our life is one of the best gifts of encouragement we can share with those around us. Choose and implement one of the above ideas or create one of your own that will help awaken passion in your everyday life. Your Affirmation: I encourage others through my passion for life.