Passion: The word itself evokes power, emotion, and a sense of pride.
It is the critical linchpin which binds leadership, inspiration, and ideas to actions which make a difference. It is the secret sauce which can not be taught, but can be found in every divinely inspired, beloved one of us. It connects us, and yet, it is most often the dividing force within our community.
"He/She is too loud, too confident, too proud... just plain ol' wrong, and I can't take it."
When passion rears its head, its power becomes known. It cannot be stifled, hidden or muted. Sustained with discipline, power is applied through a transmission of people to drive change, innovation, and progress.
The world fears change...thus we have learned to hide our passion within the walls of our heads, homes and indeed even our hearts. Touching the "passion rail" scares those who do the touching and those who are then touched.
My world is filled with fear, but my heart is filled with faith, fueled by the passion...The story of a love which transcends all of our inadequacies.
My personal passion frees me to lead, to change, and to evoke and encourage passion in others.
--image credit: Sandia National Laboratory