Passion and attachment

The recent 2-footer snow storm had snow piling up above our basement window.

The recent 2-footer snow storm had snow piling up above our basement window.

Can you say passion is attachment? There are two sides of the argument here. One has to be attached to a cause or a goal to be passionate about. For example, I am passionate about keeping up my health. I try to do my bit and keep up the health of others around me as well. In the process, I put on my hat as a teacher and coach. Sometimes I need to motivate people to keep it up. This goes the normal route. Start with messages, then urge them to keep up with additional reference material that helps. These work for some and not for some. For those who aren’t keeping it up, measures have to a bit strong – this where negative motivation or a bit of fear can come to work. For example, you can say that ‘if you don’t do this, then this could happen’ or ‘look at those around you, they are keeping up; why can’t you?’  When you have a group that you are working with and that group is large, this method can work for a few.

The view out after the storm!

The view out after the storm!

But some others can take offense. What do you do? You just have to ignore any retorts hoping they understand. Beyond that you can’t take offense yourself. Some people get on with things and some don’t. Sometimes those ‘some’ include myself – I am no perfect being. When you get to the point where someone is taking offense or yourself is on that side, then it has become an attachment. It is hard to recognize the boundaries here. Often times, you err on the wrong side to have to learn the lesson. But it is best you recognize it as early as possible or even late rather than never. There you go – when passion can become an attachment. You need to have passion to achieve any goal, no doubt. But it becomes an attachment, you are losing sight of the larger goal.

This was on a recent trip coming back home

This was on a recent trip coming back home

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