Passion , I believe , is a necessity . Not a luxury .
Whether we think of regular, every day tasks such as taking your dog out for a walk , tossing up those vegetables for breakfast , praying your best morning prayer ; or more conspicuous things like pursuing that dream career , that God given business venture or relationship ;
It will have a different connotation to it , if you do it with PASSION, with fervour.
Not because you have to do it .
But because you WANT to do it .
That , to me , is the core meaning of “passion”.
Ardour . Intensity. Zeal . Zest . Fervour . Enthusiasm. Vigour . Fire. Spirit .
One fantastic term summarises it all : Passion , the Hebrew word for which is ” cleave”.
Strong word there .
To cleave is as much to “join with” as to ” separate ” , as much to unite as to rend , as much as to hold on to as to severe . Yes , it’s a hybrid of both .
Taking another look at this now .
Students with “passion ” cleave to their dreams and are willing to travel the world in their quest , but at the same time also cleave their attachment to their homes ;
Newly weds strive to cleave to one another , while simultaneously, cleave their devotion to family;
Entrepreneurs cleave to their ideals and pursuits , and concurrently cleave all need for validation .
Mothers cleave to their household responsibilities in the name of Love , and at the same time , cleave all sense of selfishness.
Soldiers go to war and battle on the front lines , cleaving to their allegiance to the National Flag , and simultaneously cleaving all regard for the preservation of the self .
We see a pattern here , don’t we ?
Passion causes a contradiction ; a strange , mysterious , almost poetic dichotomy .
A warm embrace and a violent tear .
At the same time .
Which further implores me to say :
Passion is a Challenge .
The question is :
Will you take it ?