I have been struck this week by how passion can make a message so much more accessible and meaningful. Somehow passionate writing or speaking communicates itself in a way that other equally sound messages cannot.
This week I have read Rory McGreal’s rant and his passion made me read on. There’s no denying that Nancy White is always passionate about her work and never fails to communicate it with zest. And in the funeral I attended yesterday my friend’s eulogy for her husband who died after a lengthy illness, was full of passion.
Passion does not need to be sentimental. Rory McGreal’s passion was full of anger and frustration. Nancy’s passion is full of enthusiasm and energy, and my friend’s passion was full of humour, love and grief.
It seems to me that passion has the power to change. I think there is plenty of evidence across the world of this. Passion knows no cultural divides. The problem is that passion can also be destructive if not put to good effect.
So the question is how to sustain what we feel passionate about and use it creatively for positive and effective change, because passion can also be exhausting.