Passion is a constructive compulsion. There’s something in it that’s inspiring. When you catch your first fragrance of passion, you know you’re heading in the right direction. When you’re burning with passion, you are a sincere individual about that of which you are passionate.
Fear is a destructive compulsion. It scares you into acting in counterproductive direction; you are receptive to jumping to hasty conclusions. Every crime of the mind is a consequence of fear interfering with calm, logical thinking.
Mother Teresa was passionate; she was burning with loving energy, feeling wonderfully confident and ever aspiring to higher benefits of living.
Adolf Hitler was fearful; he was burning with hateful energy, feeling anxious and insecure and ever plummeting lower into the depths of harmful reactions.
Humanity’s glorious achievements are a consequence of passion combined with a dauntless will and a well-keeled intention – when that’s in place the winds blow in your favor and the seas calm to accommodate your travel.
It’s not only agonizing to be clutched by fear; it’s exhausting. Hear the good news: You can start your life over right now with a simple awareness of where fear has gripped you and a willingness to no longer be who you’ve allowed yourself to be when that destructive emotion takes you over.
Suppose you’re with a friend, lost in the forest. After some logical thinking, you both agree to walk west. All is well for a few moments, but then he hears a noise in front of him and quickly turns in the opposite direction. You’re feeling passionate about your mutual decision to walk west, and so you quickly try to correct him. Unfortunately, his fear has him refuse to listen. What can you do to shock him into making the necessary correction? Only an honest assessment of his own deception can cause a productive self-awakening. You point out the fact, “There are no dangerous animals in this forest, and the worst it could be is a scared raccoon, running to avoid us.” In that instant, your friend is no longer who he was a moment ago, and you’re both calmly traveling west once again. By the way, you don’t walk more than a few hundred yards, and you find the path you were seeking.