Jar of Passions By Jhune Rizsan Santos I-SapphireFour passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: a connection with nature, thelonging for love, meaningful relationships, and the search for understanding and knowledge. These fourpassions, have carved the path I have walked and will continue to guide me on my life’s journey. Likegreat winds, these passions have blown me hither and thither in a wayward course.I have sought a connection with nature, first, because it brings peace – peace which reaches so deep intomy soul that I am completely engulfed in a cloud of tranquility. I have sought it further for it relievesself-doubt – to be in sync with so simple, and natural an environment as nature, reinforces confidence topursue dreams. I have sought it, finally, because in observing nature’s miracles, I have seen that miraclesdo exist, painting rainbows following the storm. This is what I sought, and through nature I have seenlight and hope.I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificedall the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness--thatterrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the coldunfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mysticminiature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what Isought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what--at last--I have found.With equal passion I have sought meaningful relationships. I have wished to connect with loved onesthrough out my life. I have wished to share experiences with family and friends that will bring us closetogether. So close that in losing one of them that pain is heart wrenching. It is then that I know that wehave loved each other. Pieces of each our lives have become part of the other person and in losing themwe have lost a part of ourselves, but that connection between us will always exist. I have wished to knowwhy the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds swayabove the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.A search for understanding of my life fills my mind with constant questions. My purpose on this earth isa burning entity in the pit of my stomach, driving me forward, pushing me on. Guidance can only beprovided by others to a certain extent before we must take over and complete our own journey. Thejourney I must travel I have yet to reveal, or perhaps I am already walking the path, it is my purpose,here, that sparks my fire.Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pitybrought me back to earth.This is my life and I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offeredme... Passions are what make it worth the while, having the opportunity to relive every moment is a gift Icould never refuse.