Passion Is… {RAOKA}

February Theme: Passion

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”~ Hebbel quotes (German Poet and Dramatist, 1813-1863)~

Focusing on passion this month has so intuitively opened doors for my personal growth…doors I never thought really existed. While I explored each and every door and enjoyed what I learned, I also realized how much passion is part of all our lives. More so, how much we all need to make passion a part of our life to be happy and successful. So, below I give you my thoughts on what Passion Is….

Passion is the Index of life

Whether you are an ordinary person or a celebrity, you can do without passion only if you can do without life because it is passion alone that determines the extent to which you are alive.
People say every cigarette reduces your life span by an hour. That could indeed be true. But truer is the fact that an hour spent doing something unwillingly has already subtracted an hour from your life. Life is not a collection of days you manage to live through, but of ‘todays’ that you live passionately to the hilt.
People who lack passion feel that if they could get this promotion, or that kind of a bank balance or get rid of some health problem, they will be happy. But the fact is that those who do eventually get what they want  have forgotten what happiness is and usually end up with more problems that a lifetime of happiness. We human beings, like any piece of iron, can propose to finish ourselves in two ways: we may rust ourselves out or we may simply wear ourselves out. Rust looks ugly; wearing out brings shine!

Passion is the Value of life

How valuable would diamonds be, if they were as common as pebbles on the road? Their value is only because they are rare and need the ceaseless effort required to mine and cut them to shape. Value of your own life, in a similar way, comes not from your achievements, but from the quality of passion with which you are still making ceaseless efforts today to make it shine further. Painters, scientists, inventors, authors and others who are creatively living their lives are cut off from thoughts of any monetary concerns, like “how much will this fetch me?” or “is it worth the royalty I am going to eventually earn?” The mind is instead focused on enjoying the excitement of responding to the challenge at hand.
The original deal
was, that James Cameron, was to receive an $11.5 million fee for his role as writer, director and producer of the movie, Titanic. However, as costs for Titanic soared out of control to more than $200 million—twice its original budget, not ready to compromise with his passionate vision, he volunteered to forgo most of his fees and profit-participation except for his $1.5 million writer’s fee. Cameron also agreed to forgo half of his profit-participation on the next movie he would make for Fox.
Overjoyed with the success of the movie, the two studios—Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures and News Corp’s Twentieth Century Fox that produced the film—later agreed to jointly restore Cameron’s original deal. He eventually ended up earning much more than his original deal!
Stephen Hawking
in spite of nature denying him the use of his physical body, the author of the seminal book, A Brief History of Time, is considered the most important theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. So severely handicapped is his body that he takes eight to 15 minutes to compose his answers to audience’s questions by using a computer cursor with his crippled right hand, spelling out each word letter by letter.
The world is over flowing with examples of people who have kept the flame of passion alive against all odds.

Passion is Fuel for fulfillment

Anyone who finds circumstances unfavorable, has in fact only found what he has all along been looking for—even though only subconsciously. Those who find pursuing meaningful goals difficult, settle for the next best—they pursue nice and convincing excuses. And what you look for usually finds you before you can find it. If you focus on results, you achieve them; if you focus on having explanations for failures, that is precisely what you will find. However, people pursuing their goals rarely notice any ‘unfavourable circumstances’ on their way. The goals that burst forth from your soul, if noticed with intense feelings, pull you towards them the way a rubber band pulls a loose object towards the fixed end on being released.

Passion is the Secret of physical and spiritual fitness

The word ‘inspiration’ means ‘to be one with the spirit’, and the word ‘enthusiasm’ composed of the two roots ‘en’ + ‘theos’, means ‘to be one with God’. Passion both, stems from, and causes spiritual fitness. Lack of passion therefore stems from spiritual poverty and can be overcome by placing everything you do in the wider context of meaning, values and ethics. And passion, in turn, helps you search for the deeper meaning in everything you do. It is a chain reaction that once triggered, feeds on itself and goes on growing bigger and bigger progressively.
With passion, blood finds new joy in circulation, mind receives more oxygen, alertness level touches a new high, each cell of the body displays happiness and gives rise to a more tolerant and caring attitude. Sleep deepens, helping the body to repair its worn out cells, and diseases suddenly find themselves out of place in any part of the body. Passion is therefore the most precious and vital tonic that you alone can produce for your body, and that too free of cost!

Discover and live your passion! This is the only thing you are here for.

And, what’s my passion??? To help YOU in whatever way I can.
I do hope this article on passion has somewhat reignited your passion or atleast has nudged you to look deeper to find and sustain your own passions.

Next Week: “Cues for developing passion”


NOTE: What is RAOKA? Random Acts of Kick Arse is a movement to bring more of {a monthly theme} into our lives, and the lives of those around us. This awesome movement was initiated by Sami from Life, Laughs and LemmingsRAOKA Logo courtesy of Melissa from Operation NICE.
The theme for March is
“Laughter” (as chosen by Lori).
If you would like to join this movement please contact
Lori@Jane Be Nimble on her blog for further details.
Other awesome RAOKA Crusaders:
Sami@Life, Laughs and Lemmings; Lori@Jane Be Nimble; Dani@Positively Present; Lance@The Jungle of Life; Gayze@Gazehound’s Animal Communication; Jannie@Janni Funster’s Blog;


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52 thoughts on “Passion Is… {RAOKA}

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  2. Hi Zeenat!

    I loved the way your post flowed today — I felt myself nodding along with your words, to the rhythm of your soul.

    I must comment — the last paragraph really stood out for me. “Passion is therefore the most precious and vital tonic…”


    I feel this today, I feel it many days, that when I’m doing something I very much care about, which is absolutely filled with passion and meaning, I feel better. Not always, but most often.

    Thanks for this excellent passion post, Zeenat. I’m honored to be part of RAOKA with you!
    Keep up the great work.

    1. HI Lori luv,
      With you nodding to this post..means you are in rhythm with me too 🙂 YAY you!
      Isn’t it fun and so so enriching when we have passion aligned with our life’s goals….?It makes for awesome living..and youre doing that! You know if we felt passionate about everything all the time..we would be superhuman…so sometimes when you dont..its ok 🙂
      We are all on this road to passionate improvement together right 🙂
      Much Love to you..and Yes, I am so so honored to be part of raoka with you too!

  3. Oh Z,
    YES, I can totally say ‘yes’ to this passionate article. Nothing is worth doing when it is not done with awareness and passion.
    I know as for years I did things because I had to and in order to belong, do my duty, because it was required. All external non-passionate reasons and it had me die inside.
    Now I do still some of the same things but I do them with passion and I also do a myriad of different things that I choose to do NOT because I have to.
    It is interesting though how my passion died when life became too busy and consistently interrupted my quiet voice of my heart. My life became very busy and when my heart tried to voice passion, I could often not listen to it because it got interrupted by my busy life full of obligations and things to do.
    It took culling down of that unnecessary busyness to have that voice speak up loud enough to get access to my passion. Now I am still very active but with things congruent to my passion AND while I am doing things I will keep hearing the voice of passion and it will never be drowned out again.
    Life shines, I shine, my world shines, everything I touch shines and THAT is so beautiful.
    I also feel by making my life shine I honor my existence given to me by the creator, life without passion is like keeping a given diamond covered in mud and not making it shine.
    Z, let’s keep shining, you said it well. xox Wilma

    1. Dearest Wilma,
      You shine for sure, like the sun! 🙂
      Stripping ourselves of unnecessary interruptions sure gives passion a front seat.
      I am glad youre spreading your sunshine to us all! Its the best feeling ever…and I can feel your spirit fly with every word sentence you type …I feel lucky to be witness to such beauty and passion.
      Much Love to you my friend~

  4. Seriously Zeenat, you totally hit the nail on the head when you said; “it is passion alone that determines the extent to which you are alive.” That’s about as truer phrase as I’ve heard.

    Your passion for life is very evident. You are such an inspiration to the rest of us girl!

    1. Hi Sami,
      Isn’t it ironic that we can go about living life..and not really living! Mundane life can become so much more with a hint of passion….
      I am so glad you liked this post …youre the inspiration Sami, if it wasn’t for Raoka..I wouldnt even be thinking or writing about this 🙂
      Much Love~

  5. A wonderful piece on one of my favorite topics Passion. I love you opening quote and then the way you embrace each stage of passion. You are so inspiring.
    In gratitude for your passion

    1. HI Suzie,
      Passionate living is what life is all about 🙂 I am so glad you stopped by and shared your thoughts on this. Its an honor for me to know you liked this post 🙂
      Thank you for your beautiful comment here!
      Much love~

  6. Awesome Post Zeenat and like Lore I found myself nodding along I totally agree with the whole concept and love the examples you have cited in post .. …. I love referring to others and found this quote by Honoré de Balzac which brings it all together for me ……..Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.

    1. HI Fatima,
      What a beautiful quote! WOW! It sums up this post so perfectly 🙂 Thank you fro sharing that with me here.
      Am glad you liked this post 🙂
      Much Love~

  7. Wow I’m wondering if I’m rusting or burning out? I love your examples and look at James now with Avatar…who would of thought? And Stephen Hawkins…I wish I was half that passionate.
    Like Lori I love the entire article but especially the last paragraph where you tie it all together. I just came in from a passionate 3 mile run. I’m playing golf this afternoon and tomorrow is my birthday so I’ll be out being passionate about celebrating my life with the people I love. Thanks for the inspiration Z! xo

    1. HI Tess,
      Youre so right..i wish we all had even half the passion Stephen hawking or James Cameron have…we would certainly be set for life right 🙂
      I like how you say passionate just goes to show how much you already have infused passion in every aspect of your like. Youre and inspiration..and far far far from rusting….Shining is more like it 🙂
      Glad you liked this passionate post .
      Much Love~

  8. Hi Z! Applause – LOTS of it! YAY you! This post is tremendous! Oh Z, I cannot begin to even imagine a life without passion. I think so often people think they have to pick one thing to be passionate ABOUT. Isn’t life something? I mean all of it!

    Your passion flows with every post – but this one is the brightest of all the light you shower on us. Thank you OH SO MUCH! I love you dearly! 🙂

    1. HI Suzen,
      I agree with you completely…Life itself is passion…every aspect should be passionate…Like i told Lance…Even my coffee drinking is passionate 😉
      I am so so happy that you liked this post. Compliments coming from you just make me fly…:)
      So much Love and big hugs~

  9. Hello Zeenat,

    Your writing is exceptional and the way the points are expressed is great.
    By the way many times the only passion in front of our eyes is to provide bread and butter which drives us to continue with the tasks involving no enthusiam or passion. The force which keeps us driving is the passion and love for the family and specially the kids.

    Well known example is: A.R Rehman won the Oscars for composition of the song “Jai Ho” in the “Slumdog Millionaire”. He is so passionate about music and has revolutionised the Indian Music.

    Cheryl Paris Blog

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Youre so so right….passion doesn’t have to be a goal..rather it should be so much a part of your life..that even providing your family with a good life is passionate living!
      As for AR Rehman..its true..he is a great example…of how talent and passion put together can truly change world views.
      Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here.
      Much love~

  10. “But truer is the fact that an hour spent doing something unwillingly has already subtracted an hour from your life. ”

    so true! I think its really important to realize that time and our passions are the most important things we have !

    great post, Zeenat !

    1. HI Rocky,
      Glad you liked this post 🙂
      Time really goes by so fast….its important to make the most of it with passion..
      Thank you fro your lovely comment here 🙂

  11. Zeenat, great article, I loved it. Your passion for passion is obvious 🙂 it’s inspiring to read your work and to see how much you have developed over the last year. Your posts are becoming more inspiring with every word and I love watching your soul unfold.

    I love this topic as well and we have a great network of passionate people around and I am glad to be part of your network.

    1. Hi Steven,
      You always leave the best comments 🙂 You always manage to make me feel better about my writing..and thats why youre so great!
      Isnt it great to be in a network where everyone is so so passionate…we are lucky hmm…

  12. You are a beautiful gift to the Blogosphere, Zeenat!

    “And what you look for usually finds you before you can find it,” I know that to be true! I think that is how I found YOU, all the best love energy in the world.


    1. Hey Jannie,
      you make me blush..awww 🙂
      Thank you fro all your wonderful compliments..and am glad you liked this passionate post 🙂

  13. Zeenat — What a fantastic post! I could feel the passion in your words. It is very clear that this is subject dear to your heart!

    I loved this line, “Passion both, stems from, and causes spiritual fitness.” It sums up what I believe about passion so clearly and simply. I have a place on my refrigerator for quotes I find while blogging…this one is going up as my March quote:~)

    Thanks for this post. I look forward to your “Cues to Developing Passion!”

    1. Hi Sara,
      What an honor…for my words to be on your refrigerator 🙂 I think constantly looking at passionate words..with make you even more passionate…and thats so awesome!
      Glad you liked this post 🙂

    1. Hi Erin,
      People are running behind..spirituality..without truly understanding that its all about passion.
      I am so glad you liked this post 🙂 thank you fro your beautiful comment here 🙂
      Much Love~

  14. Zeenat,
    Passion is a wonderful thing, and I can feel it so much in just the words you write here. Your connection to that within you – and really that deep desire, for you, to help others – is so, so evident. Zeenat, you really shine passion in all that you do, and I feel this real sense of comfort and peace in that.

    And this all has me thinking about my own passion, and how I am truly spending the hours of my days.

    Peace and love,

    1. Hi Lance,
      I am glad you liked this post..and thank you so much for your wonderful words of appreciation. Coming from you..its an honor…
      Time i guess is our best teacher…with making us realize our passions..and how we are just spending our lives or truly living our lives !
      Thank you my friend for your lovely thoughts as always…
      Much love~

  15. Zeenat,

    This is my first visit and comment on your blog and what a great blog it is. Your post completely took me by surprise. I’ve never really consider passion in the context you’ve placed it here. It certainly made me re-think the importance of passion in my life and how it affects my successes and achievements.

    Thank you for sharing.



    1. Hi Paul,
      So glad you could stop by..and thank you fro your lovely words on the blog 🙂 Appreciate it.
      As for passion..well..isnt it the best driving force…it is for me….and am happy I could make you think a little differently about the subject too…
      Thank you fro stopping by and sharing your lovely thoughts here… 🙂

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  17. Hi Zeenat, I found myself more focused on your passion as you wrote than the actual words. So allow me to add that passion is that contagious, compelling and magnetic force that reaches out and touches others on a deeper level while creating a bond of positive energy. That’s what I was feeling.

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      Youre feeling the perfect feeling!
      Thank you so much for sharing that feeling…its so beautifully sums up exactly what I was trying to do with this post 🙂

  18. Hi Zeenat .. I just love that phrase .. “Passion is the Index of Life” – sums it up for me .. and the fact that we’re not doing something cheerfully and happily reduces our life by an hour .. is so true. I choose to bring shine to my life .. it does not rusteth!

    I love the idea of my mind being focused solely on the enjoyment and the excitement of responding to the challenge at hand … rather than being frightened and worried about having to do something. Interesting about Cameron …and Hawking .. love your examples.

    Also the fact that people pursuing their goals rarely notice any ‘unfavourable circumstances’ on their way .. I’m sure is so true. Your description of inspiration and enthusiasm showing us that passion is both .. and the tonic for our life ..

    Wonderful impassioned passionate post – thank you so much .. brilliant!

    1. Hi Hilary,
      You certainly shine!!! And thank you for shining your love and light on this post 🙂 Your lovely words are always full of passion…and to me you certainly are a passionate living example….even better that Cameron…:)
      Much Love to you~

      1. Hi Zeenat.. which Cameron??!!!!??? But thank you so much for those really kind words .. lovely to have on our Mother’s Day – seeing as I’m a daughter .. and mothering up!

        Thanks again for the much love and hugs back .. H

          1. That James Cameron .. oh ok – I guess I should have known!! – but believe it or not have not seen Titanic or Avatar! But thanks so much for the thumbs up .. too too much! You’re a star .. and did I say I like the new (again) template style .. & glad the butterfly is still there!

  19. Hey Zeenat.
    I always say, get excited! Excitement creates momentum. When we’re excited we do stuff. We overcome fears. We take chances. We make tough decisions. We push the boundaries. We explore our potential. We become solution-focused. We become more resourceful. Chat with any successful person about their goals and their passion and you’ll see what I mean about excitement. If you’re not excited (on some level) about your goals, then you may need to find some different ones.

    1. HI Craig,
      Nice to see you here 🙂
      I agree with you..excitement is a key component in becoming successful….but that excitement is still dependent on your level of passion. If you are not truly passionate about something… can try and try..but will never be able to harness excitement from it.
      But yes once you have that passion…excitement can work like the magic pill 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts here 🙂

  20. Passion makes the world go around. I’m not sure we would accomplish anything without it and I believe a lot of suffering is due to not having or not being allowed to pursue passion.

    It’s so clear from your blog how passionate you are about your work and life Z! Thanks for sharing your passion and inspiration with all of us. You make the world a better place to be.

    1. Hi Tess,
      Thank you fro your kind words as always. I always love to see you here..and your writing exudes passion…more like passion personified 🙂
      Much Love~

    1. HI Ben,
      Youre right! Persistence is required to get what we want for sure..if we want to succeed…
      But, persistence will come only if the driving force is passion..and lots and lots of passion!
      Thank you fro your lovely comment here. Appreciate it !

  21. Hi Zeenat,
    Lovely to see you and to read your words – this is the perfect topic for you to express how much you love life and the people around you. The comments are as interesting to read as the post. Looking forward to what comes up for March – laughter!

    You’re here on earth to shine – as Wilma said, let your life (light) shine!

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      SO sweet of you to drop by and say such wonderful things 🙂 Me blushing…;)
      I look forward to march’s laughter raoka too…
      Much love~

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  23. I discovered that my former focus on social networking had an negative affect on my passion for blogging. Therefore I’ve taken a huge step back. This article of yours “speaks to me”. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Love and Peace

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