Your passion, whether for a person or mission, will be praised only for while its flames are dancing. Heroic acts of love and self-sacrifice will be applauded, but these feats will eventually fizzle out like the brightest of campfires.
No, the true strength of your passion will be proven the next morning, long after the flames have died. But as you lean in to warm your hands, you’ll find the red-hot glow of coals, quietly lending their soft, steadfast heat to the crisp morning air.
“Anyone can slay a dragon …but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.”
– Brian Andreas
(Tip of the hat to Bruce Lee, who came up with this metaphor long before I did).