Pas­sion

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - SHER­WIN L. FER­NANDO

PAS­SION­ATE peo­ple are ei­ther on the win­ning or los­ing end. Well, most of them end up on the win­ning side de­pend­ing on what kind of cri­te­ria we use to mea­sure suc­cess. No mat­ter where they end up, one thing is sure, pas­sion­ate peo­ple are the pi­lots of so­ci­ety’s fate.

In any given field, in sports, in the academe, or in the busi­ness world, pas­sion al­ways fu­els suc­cess. Pas­sion is not only about in­dus­try or de­ter­mi­na­tion, it is the com­bi­na­tion of this two, adding fo­cus and ex­cel­lence, plus the main in­gre­di­ent, the unadul­ter­ated de­sire to achieve a cer­tain goal. Pas­sion pushes a per­son to be at his/ her best and when this best is not enough, he/ she dis­cov­ers ways to make him­self/ her­self bet­ter than his/ her best. It is pas­sion that keeps the lights on in the mid­dle of the night to ac­com­plish a task. It is pas­sion that keeps alarm clocks yelling against the si­lence of the dawn.

As a re­sult of this ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ter, pas­sion­ate peo­ple are be­ing pushed to the top or be­ing dragged to the lime­light. They be­come lead­ers, founders, ad­vo­cates, in­no­va­tors, in­ven­tors, reapers of medals, idols, ex­em­plars, and in­spi­ra­tion. Mother Theresa, for in­stance, had a pas­sion in help­ing the sick and poor and make the love of God be­come ap­par­ent to all. Her pas­sion led her to an im­pov­er­ished town of In­dia and founded a con­gre­ga­tion that ded­i­cated in help­ing the needy. She was so im­mersed in her ad­vo­cacy that she had given up all her re­main­ing years in the area. Many busi­ness sto­ries come from the pas­sion of the own­ers to suc­ceed in life or from their pas­sion of their work.

Pas­sion­ate peo­ple do not care much of the odds. They are not dis­cour­aged by fail­ures and set­backs rather these keep them more mo­ti­vated and hun­gry to go on. Yes, of­ten­times, they go to the dim light to shed tears of dis­ap­point­ment and let­down but once those liq­uids dried up, this peo­ple showed up again with much greater fer­vor and de­sire. Pas­sion­ate peo­ple bleed like the rest of us but un­like many, they treat short­com­ings as chal­lenges and ar­eas for im­prove­ment. So they do not shrink in the midst of this chal­lenges, they face them with courage.

In re­turn, pas­sion­ate peo­ple re­ceive recog­ni­tion such as mon­e­tary award, they get honor and ap­pre­ci­a­tion, redemp­tion, and sal­va­tion. These awards are not the pri­mary goal though be­cause for peo­ple who work with pas­sion, hap­pi­ness lies in do­ing their tasks and does not pri­mar­ily lie in their com­ple­tion. To de­velop pas­sion on what we do, it is im­per­a­tive that we have a cer­tain lik­ing in it. It is nec­es­sary that our hearts are into it. In short, we love what we do and we see a sense of pur­pose in do­ing it. Pas­sion is an emo­tional char­ac­ter­is­tic so it re­quires the cor­rob­o­ra­tion of the heart to de­velop pas­sion.

Pas­sion with all its beauty and grandios­ity, has also its fall­back, a stain, a dark spot or a weak­ness. Pas­sion con­sumes peo­ple and when they lose con­trol of this de­sire, this feel­ing of love could turn into a flam­ing rage like fire.

Pas­sion, like fire, de­vours and de­stroys. When peo­ple who are too pas­sion­ate snapped out, they lose the use of rea­son and they en­tirely base their ac­tion on their emo­tion rather than their in­tel­lect. So there is what we call the crime of pas­sion.

We have lovers mur­der­ing hus­bands or wives, we have hus­bands killing their own wives in cold blood or vice versa, and suit­ors slay­ing ri­val suit­ors. Jeal­ousy is a crime of pas­sion. But crime of pas­sion should not only lim­ited to re­la­tion­ship crimes but must in­clude any crimes in­volv­ing strong de­sires such an ath­lete in­jur­ing a fierce com­peti­tor, or an em­ployee de­fam­ing an­other em­ployee to be fa­vored of a de­sired com­pany job po­si­tion.

To en­sure that we do not fall into the dark side of pas­sion, the ob­ject of pas­sion must be some­thing true, good, and beau­ti­ful. The means or process in at­tain­ing our de­sires must also have the same char­ac­ter­is­tics; true, good, and beau­ti­ful. We have pas­sion to be an Olympic medal­ist. This must be ac­cept­able be­cause our in­ten­tion is some­thing true, good, and beau­ti­ful. Our ac­tion in achiev­ing this Olympic medal should also be de­sir­able. Pas­sion have var­i­ous ob­ject of de­sires such as pas­sion to ex­cel, pas­sion for work, and oth­ers. Our emo­tions there­fore should al­ways be kept in check. We need to keep the bal­ance be­tween de­sire and greed.

To have the pas­sion in what we do, we must love what we do or our hearts must be into it. We can­not just de­velop pas­sion in some­thing we are forced to take be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to see the sense in do­ing it. Pas­sion re­sults to suc­cess and hap­pi­ness. It helps us to reach our full po­ten­tial and gives us lot of pos­i­tive things in re­turn.

Yet pas­sion is dan­ger­ous when unchecked and un­man­aged. It can hurt or kill us. It can hurt or kill oth­ers. It can lead us away from God. So pas­sion must be some­thing true, good, and beau­ti­ful. A per­son with­out pas­sion is like an ob­ject float­ing in the sea. It goes where the cur­rent takes it. There is no clear di­rec­tion. It is lost.

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