The word “passion” is thrown around a lot these days. I’m passionate about this. I’m passionate about that. What are your passions? Before you answer, let’s take a closer look at the true meaning of the word passion.
Passion is a Middle English word, from Anglo-French, derived from Late Latin passion and passio, meaning suffering or being acted upon. Passion’s earliest origins begin with the Latin word pati, to suffer. So, let’s take it way back and use a little Latin. What are you passionate about, or for what are you willing to suffer?
I immediately think of my family. I am willing to suffer for my family. Interestingly, the word “family” originates from the Latin word famulus, meaning servant. Now, when I use Latin and say I am passionate about my family, I might be saying that I am willing to suffer as a servant.
Educators are servants. They are an extension of the family.
In fact, the legal term in loco parentis (also Latin) is used in education and quite literally means “in place of a parent.” The school environment is filled with servants who are passionate about kids. When I say this, I mean all staff members, from maintenance to foodservice, transportation to administration, and of course, teachers. Passionate people make a difference in the lives of children.
The short video Every Opportunity produced by Atlanta Speech School shows the importance of positive interactions, especially with students. Simple interactions make a difference, and we should take every opportunity to put our best foot forward and build meaningful relationships. Even when we are grumpy and having a bad day, it is important to let our passion show and serve the people who need us most, our children.
When I ask about your passions, I hope they include answers related to personal growth, family, and community. If you are an educator, I hope your answers include children. With that said, what are you passionate about?
Some things are worth suffering for; others are not.