The Passion

How do you define passion? You probably immediately considered what is something you are passionate about like a sport, family, work, or even beliefs. To define passion, put the feelings that those things spark into words. Ones that come up frequently are love, a certain fieriness, commitment, effortlessness, and bliss.

Passion actually comes from the latin word “pati” meaning to endure or suffer. So, when we just defined passion, isn’t it ironic that we immediately, and only, thought about positive emotions? Consider the story Passion of the Christ. Stepping outside of the religious perspective, it is a tale of a man’s arrest, trial, and suffering. It would be easy to replace Passion with Love and the gist not be lost. However, The Passion of the Christ certainly tells a willingness to endure and suffer.

In your experience has anyone ever asked, “What are you passionate about?”. Yeah, they were asking what you love. But now that we have defined passion, we know they were asking for what are you willing to endure? Even if only subconsciously, your passion invigorates you by testing your threshold to endure. In other words, your endurance.

So, keeping it on you. How does your passion speak to the amount you are willing to endure, suffer, get beat up on, fail, or nearly break? Passion lifts you to the highs and drives you through the lows. Passion breeds commitment because you have decided it is worth all the emotions and work. We all are familiar with the feel-good emotions that come from passion. This is your reminder that by choosing your passion, you also commit to the not-so-feel-good parts of the journey. Account for this natural process as you identify, build, and engage often with your passions.