Winning with passion..!
A story is told about playwright and U.S. Ambassador to Italy Claire Booth Luce. She became a Roman Catholic late in life and, like many others converted to something new, she was zealous and vocal about her new faith. A reporter once spotted her engrossed in deep conversation with the Pope. He crept within earshot, all the while wondering what important issues the ambassador and the pope could be discussing.
Finally, he was close enough to hear the Pope say to Ms. Luce, “But I already am a Catholic!” You have to appreciate her passion. People are drawn to those who have pasion— people who live their lives fully and enthusiastically. As an insect is drawn to light, we are drawn to their energy and vitality. We actually feel alive around people who are alive. We want to be around them and hope that some of their verve for living just may rub off on us.
Maybe it’s like the poet Rumi said: “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) had a good idea about a new kind of children’s book — one that contains lively illustrations, whacky characters and humorous writing. His enthusiasm led him to write a poem that became his first book. But it seemed that nobody wanted to publish it.
Seuss was passionate about his writing, but he realized that an equal measure of enthusiasm and energy would be required if his book were ever to be published. He untiredly peddled his children’s book to over twenty publishers before one took a chance on him and published his book.
Having a great idea was not enough; his passion made the difference. Charles Goodyear spent every last dollar over five years filled with experiments to try and develop vulcanized rubber. He suffered extreme poverty during those years and was sustained only by his enthusiasm. He eventually succeeded, not because he had the good idea that durable rubber products may have some important uses, but because of the energy he put into his experiments. His good idea was not enough; his passion made the difference.
If you were able to give your children any gift to sustain them in life, I believe you might give them passion for what they do: For if they can live from the heart, they will surely touch the sky. In West Bengal a simple looking woman with passion has won, maybe there’s a lot we can learn from her..!