Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin passion-, passio suffering, being acted upon, from Latin pati to suffer. Date: 13th century (Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary.)
Intense emotions, enthusiasm, object of enthusiasm (Encarta Dictionary).
And so, taking into account the definitions above, I can define Passion, very loosely, as “an intense suffering of enthusiasm or “enthusiastic suffering”. Sounds like an oxymoron if ever I saw one. Who suffers enthusiastically? Well we do, really. We write, write and write. We shed tears, we laugh, we moan, we accept rejection (hopefully with a grain of salt and not a spoon). And we don't even get paid! Well if you are in it for the dollars and cents you are in the wrong field, and so why do we do it?
Hardship doesn't hinder our enthusiasm to work everyday, and create, and write, and cry, and laugh, and moan, and accept.
It could only be Passion that allows us to continue doing the remarkable work we do, the remarkable work you do.
“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” T. Alan Armstrong