Monday, October 25, 2010

Passion passes, but commitment lasts

I get antsy when I meet with people who want to talk about something (or someone) they feel passionate about. Passion is fun and it’s thrilling, but let’s face it – it doesn’t usually last all that long. Talk is cheap, and people driven by passion usually talk about what they feel more than what they think. The heart and the brain are equally valuable, but . . .

Give me people who stay the course with something they care deeply about – whether that’s commitment to a person, or to a cause that actually ends up making a positive difference in people’s lives. Unlike passion, caring deeply – whether it’s in a personal relationship or a charitable concern – doesn’t turn on like a light switch. It grows and develops over time with a deeper understanding of the why’s of what is and the how’s of moving forward. Passion is fun, but it passes. Caring deeply takes work, and time to develop, but it lasts. Salutes to these stalwarts whose work demonstrates how deeply they care, in each of the eight counties we serve: Beaufort’s Shauw Chin Capps, Berkeley’s Marietta Hicks, Charleston’s Marty Besancon, Colleton’s Sylvia & Charles Rowland, Dorchester’s Mike Hinson, Georgetown’s Amy Brennan, Hampton’s Hazel Smith, and Jasper’s Sr. Lupe Stump.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said Richard. I recently realized that I can have all the passion in the world but without a strong, well-known dedication, that passion would amount to nothing more than just a feeling I once had about something. Thanks for saying what at least some of us are thinking.

Letitia said...

Ditto on Richard's remarks, and fortunate are they who have a long list of those who "walk the walk". BTW - I would love to have an ID on the group photo. They are obviously grant recipients - but what was the moment/occasion? Thanks. --Tish Lynn

Chad said...

Amen!

Chad said...

Amen!

Coastal Community Foundation said...

The group in the photograph are the grant recipients of the 2008 Open Grant Competitive Program. The image is from the 2008 Trust event held at South Carolina Bank and Trust on Broad Street.