by Patrick Liew on September 20, 2013

I woke up in the morning to read that Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting Singapore. This is her first official visit as Myanmar’s opposition leader.

Her story is well known to those of us who have been enamoured with her struggles.

The question that crossed my mind was:

What drove a lady to remain under house arrest for almost 15 years (20 July 1989 to 13 November 2010), becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners?

She could have paved her way to freedom at many points but she chose to put her life on the line. She was prepared to live and die for her cause.

I can think of only one word – Passion.

Passion is the essence of life.

Passion is the starting point to living a life of purpose, meaning and fulfilment.

It is the generator that powers us with energy, vitality and dynamism on the journey of life.

Passion can turn the impossible into possible. It can move us to achieve our highest calling.

It can lead us to not only magical times of life, it can also help us stretch every moment and savour it.

The reason is because passion, joy and happiness are close cousins. They usually travel through the thick and thin of life together.

Passion is the fire in our soul. It can help us burn a trail and leave a track record of blazing glory.

That’s why if we cannot find passion in what we do, there is no reason why our body should be in it. It will eventually suck every bit of life from us.

Hence, we need to ensure that we sleep and jump out of bed with passion.

Without it, we are dead but not buried. We live but not life.

We don’t need to search for passion out there in the world. I believe our Creator has already placed it in our heart.

While growing up, the world might have cruelly tried to extinguish the fire but still, a spark would remain. We need to reignite it.

People might try to crush it but they couldn’t because it’s the essence of life. We need to fire it up.

We need to add to it the fuel of dreams, values and perseverance. And fan it with imagination, learning and discipline.

Passion is the genesis of living a life that is truly worth the living.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Life is FUNtastic!


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