The difference between passion and addiction is that between a divine spark and a flame that incinerates…
Passion is divine fire: it enlivens and makes holy; it gives light and yields inspiration.
Passion is generous because it’s not ego-driven; addiction is self-centered.
Passion gives and enriches; addiction is a thief.
Passion is a source of truth and enlightenment; addictive behaviors lead you into darkness.
You’re more alive when you are passionate, and you triumph whether or not you attain your goal.
But an addiction requires a specific outcome that feeds the ego; without that outcome, the ego feels empty and deprived…
Addiction is centrifugal. It sucks energy from you, creating a vacuum of inertia. A passion energizes you and enriches your relationships. It empowers you and gives strength to others.
Passion creates; addiction consumes.
Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts