“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.” Author: C.S. Lewis
Every motivational speaker in the world says the same thing today and uses the same word (for example, Live With Passion! by Anthony Robbins). Unfortunately, when I talk to my students, most of them seem to have a similar problem: they do not understand what the word passion is and what you should do with it. Most speakers use the word passion when they mean the word drive, but that’s absolutely wrong!
The true meaning of the word passion: it is an emotion of SUFFERING!
It makes me want to laugh that every spiritual and motivational coach on the market today tells you find your passion, when in other words they are saying find your suffering and keep suffering.
On the other hand passion is extremely important in life; without passion you cannot achieve anything worth your time invested. Yes, I said with passion not a positive drive that makes you feel great. The passion that I mean is pain and suffering. Like the old saying says: “No Pain, No Gain.” Sometimes in this life you have to pay your dues in order to get rewarded, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It establishes the balance in your life so you can enjoy it a lot more when you achieve it: the harder the challenge, the more you will appreciate the results.
I know for a fact when I take on a hard project, my joy in the result is proportionally equal to the suffering that was involved during the process.
as written with help of writer/editor Sandra Yeaman.
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