What does it mean to have passion? Passion is any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. … a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
Personally I think it’s more powerful to be passionate about something if you can keep anger out of it. Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
I think when you’re angry you close yourself down to dialogue. You won’t consider anyone’s point of view except your own. You really can’t even hear it because all that anger has the blood rushing to your head. Unfortunately, your anger puts others off from listening to your point of view too.
How can you be passionate without being angry?
- Express your opinion without assigning blame. Even the appearance of attacking someone or their beliefs in the course of expressing your own can make you seem hostile and angry. …
- Get creative when expressing your enthusiasm. …
- Be careful with criticism. …
- Respond carefully when you’re hurt. …
- Know when NOT to respond.
I think my mom’s advice comes in handy whenever I get angry. She always said to count to five before I responded. It has served me well when I have done it.
So while anger may be a form of passion, it’s a negative type. One that won’t work in your favor. It will only reach others who think like you do. I am sure if you are passionate about something you want everyone to be passionate about it too, so anger won’t serve you at all.
I have noticed so much anger on Social Media lately, but the people who get through to me are the people who discuss and teach me things that I didn’t know. The ones yelling at me that I need to think like them… well I just scroll on by, unless I feel argumentative. Even then I just try to present facts and keep my emotions out of it. Then I stop engaging when I see that they cannot hear me through their yelling. Even on my own wall when people try to argue, I try to remain calm. It’s not always easy. If I post something it’s because I believe it. I can learn and change my mind if I am wrong. That is rare, especially if it goes against my basic morals.
Be passionate, but try not to get angry about others not sharing your passion. I do get sad sometimes, though.
Love, Peace and Light! Rita