Apparently, that post struck a nerve, since it quickly became one of my most read posts of all time. I received a few emails as well, and I asked one reader's permission to post her email. She (and I) would love to hear your thoughts on the issues she raises:
I have been wondering about something that maybe you can give me your thoughts on (do you reply to emails like this?) or maybe blog about. I work in full-time collegiate ministry with an international organization. Sometimes when people (mostly extroverts, probably) start talking to me about passion and what they are passionate about, it strikes me in a way that makes me feel awful as if maybe I'm just not passionate about anything. They'll talk about "Jesus is my passion" or being "passionate about the Gospel," etc, etc. I feel like I hear this word and see their expressions and think that I cannot imitate them in how they feel. Then I take it as a huge red flag. But I wonder if I'm just not as excitable as a really expressive extrovert, and if that is okay. I'm in full time mission work, so maybe I am passionate, but my passion expresses itself differently. Thoughts on this idea of "being passionate" and how that is expressed? Just the phrase makes me feel tired.