We need to hide our passion.
Without passion, we do not accomplish much. We may go through the motions of building, doing — but the results are shabby, sloppy. To act with passion, however, is to act with “all your heart, all your life, and all your resources” (Devarim 6.4). Only magnificent efforts lead to magnificent results.
On the other hand, when we act with open passion, we upset others. We arouse their jealousy, their resentment. We cause them to jeer us, condemn us, even throw us into jail. This, in turn, discourages us, and dampens our eagerness.
Therefore, we must hide the passion.
“But,” you may ask, “If I hide my passion, how will I inspire others to great deeds?”
The wonderful thing about passion is that even when hidden, it still glows – it still shines through. Its glimmer is strong enough to attract just those people we need to influence and encourage.
By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
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