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Passion: a unifying force

Posted by erinlausten on May 23, 2011

Passion is thrown around quite a bit in romantic literature. Feelings of intense attraction, whirlwinds of emotion and roller coasters of hormonal imbalance mark the beginnings of many romantic relationships. Passion is essential to the love story. But Passion goes beyond the sensual attraction. It binds friends, families, and lovers. It is a key ingredient to long lasting relationships. It creates unity and connections. Being passionate ties us to others.

Passion plays a major role in the novella Love Uncommon. Yes, the two protagonists share a sensual and heart revving passion for the other. But it is built through a shared passion for a cause and a belief system. Both characters feel strongly about the preservation of cultural artifacts. Both find themselves on the same side of the Elgin Marble debate and despite the fact that one comes from the modern world and the other from Regency England, this passion unites them in a relationship that can go beyond those first wonderful moments of falling in love.

This phenomenon is classic and consistent throughout history. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were united in a Passion for a new and independent United States. They may have disagreed on any number of items, but their friendship endured throughout their lives because of this passion. I have seen intense and fulfilling relationships built between people with passion for the middle ages and historical reenactment. Some of the bonds put familial relationships to shame in its intensity.

I am convinced that passion is the piece of any relationship that will ensure it continues. This is certainly not the only piece as every relationship requires work, communication and commitment. But passion shared can bring a spark of the original infatuation to any relationship. It can show a shared understanding, a window into the others being, a way to tap into what means most to them. 

Do you live a passionate life? How many connections have you made when your heart and soul is invested in something you care deeply about? Could you imagine a life without them?

 If you are interested in my newest novella Love Uncommon you can find it here.  And as always, thank you for reading.

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3 Responses to “Passion: a unifying force”

  1. I’ve been told I’m sometimes too passionate. I don’t do or feel anything halfway.

    Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s a curse.

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