Sharing one’s passion

Paul McGowan:

We’ve probably beat this topic of being an Audiophile to death. The discussion sparked a few ideas about how we might get together in service of ourselves. There’s advantage and power in a group, certainly a self serving one. More to follow someday.

But today is Thanksgiving. That time of year when we start to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. And it occurs to me that I am an Audiophile because several people in my life shared their passion with me. The first was my dad.

My father Don was an Audiophile and I never realized that till many years after he passed away. He was the first to share his passion for sound with me. Dad built his own stereo system, cobbled together from parts he collected. The Rek-O-Kut turntable, the Stromberg Carlson amplifier. He turned the family hall closet into a subwoofer cabinet, much to the horror of my mother. He built his own equipment cabinet, mounted his own speakers into the corners of the living room and ran the wires through the home’s attic so the installation was clean. I watched in fascination as he built this system asking hundreds of questions, most of them annoying, but some were answered with a smile and a sparkle in his eye. This was his way of being generous with his passion.

There’s perhaps nothing of greater value you can share than your passion. It doesn’t have to be with family. Someone you know is hungry for you to share.

Be generous this holiday season with the greatest gift you possess.

I am thankful for those who shared their passion with me. It changed my life.

Thanks Dad.