When generativity, creativity, generosity, and the capacity to embrace life dry up, the Water of Life has gone underground. At such times, the earth becomes arid, life becomes devoid of meaning, the ground of culture cracks and splits, and gaps develop among peoples and between people and nature. Only water can bring the pieces back together, awaken seeds hidden in the ground, and enliven the parched Tree of Life.
- Michael J. Meade, Men and the Water of Life
Have you lost your passion? Perhaps it could be for work. Or for your significant other. Or, perhaps it’s some goal, some pursuit, some mission that you have been faithfully serving all your life but the realities of the day-to-day has worn your passion down. This article is simply one person’s opinion of how to get that passion back.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s apathy. If you no longer feel that love anymore, chances are that it’s not too late and that love hasn’t completely died. Rather, it’s lying dormant, and all it takes is water to make it thrive again.
If apathy is the opposite of love, then what is hate? It is misguided love. It’s simply love that has a misalignment due to either internal or external factors. Disappointment and anger is when expectations are not met, which leads to the inability for that passion to be expressed. Emotions are still expressed, but they are in a much different and altered form. However, if there were no emotions to begin with, there would simply be no expectations or actions at all. The true opposite of love is the absence of love.
Only Love Can Create Something from Nothing
We see love creating something from nothing all the time, such as in community service projects like Habitat for Humanity and Big Brother. We naturally have care and compassion inside of us, but it’s the external realities and misguided expectations that can misalign it. Just as in a machine, the misalignment of a key component can wear down the machine over time. The misaligned emotion can wear you out to the point where that original passion is nearly nonexistent. However, if it was once there, then there should still be enough remnants left that can be brought back to life with just more water.
That vision, that desire, that original passion is the water that can revive the hopes and dreams again. Figure out what the source of that passion, that true love that started it all, and get it back. Let it revive you again, because love is the only thing in this world that truly is limitless in supply.
You just have to remember once in a while to get it again.