“The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one: through their excess.”
~Christian Nestell Bovee
Passion–let it mark the secret place within your soul. Let it form the guiding light of life, and certainly, of creativity–for the passionless life and passionless creativity both yield the same result: a flaccid, unfulfilled existence of coast and drift, without fulfillment and without the unique character that brings worth into all things.
Will our passion lead us astray? Certainly. So do all things untempered, all things blindly followed. It does not make it any less necessary to the complete life.
Ask yourself: why do you do what you do? Many aspects of our lives are surrendered to simpler reasons, nevertheless made important and viable by the press of stark reality: for money, for food, for respect…We cannot choose to battle for all things, but that makes the battles we can fight all the more important. There should be at least one thing you truly love to do–that you truly take pleasure in. Harness that passion, let it guide your hand, and do it for that joy.
My passion is writing. All too often, it is the only thing that sets me free. What is yours?
“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”