I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about message prep and speaking on Sunday mornings and he made the comment that when he’s listened to me lately, something’s different. He says he thinks I’m speaking with more passion and people can “sense” it, so lately, the messages have been ‘better’ (not that ones before were ‘bad’ but these are more intense I guess)
Now, whether my speaking is better or worse isn’t the point. What got me thinking was the idea that emotions matter. Think about it. Have you ever been in a “funk” and been around people who’ve noticed? You may say the same things, meet in the same places, do the same stuff, but they can tell that something just isn’t right. You’re going through the motions but all without the right emotions.
It works the other way too. When people see someone who is full of life (has a lot of emotion and passion on display) they wonder if it’s just a show. But when they see it consistently, day in and day out, people are attracted to that, they notice.
So here’s my question. When you look at your friends, who are the ones you are attracted to and want to spend time with? Is it the ones who seem to just be going through the motions or is it the ones who live with passion and emotion on display for anyone to see. If you’re just going through the motions of life, eat, work, sleep, play, etc. are you really living? Stop being afraid to smile, cry publicly, laugh loudly, cheer wildly, tell stories with excitement and share your thoughts and opinions with passion and conviction. I second that emotion.