Brokenhearted Theology, Quotes, Ramblings

Passion Versus Addiction

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


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