Wednesday, November 3, 2010


If you look in a dictionary, under the D’s for devotion, you will most likely find: profound dedication; consecration, earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc. But there is a deeper meaning than just that. People claim they are devoted to things every day. Actually, they throw around this word without even thinking about it. Affection, adoration, dedication, and devotement, are all words used to describe devotion… but do they all truly describe it? To truly have devotion, you must love what you are doing, to have a passion for it. Some people do things every day that they hardly even care for. But to have devotion, you must want to be there.

When I think of devotion, the first thing that comes to mind is wanting to do what you are “devoted to.” For example, if someone loves the sport they play, they practically eat, sleep, and breathe it. That doesn’t mean they physically eat a basketball, but every little thing they do, involves their item of devotion. Some people think of devotion as commitment, and passion, which isn’t wrong, just not enough.

If you Google devotion, a lot of results that come up, relate to religion, or faith. Many people are devoted to their religion, but don’t think it’s the only thing you can be devoted to. Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India, once said: “To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” This means that when you are devoted to something, there is no re-thinking about it. You just know automatically, that you have a passion for it, and you stick with it. Devotion is like being internally tied to something you love, and enjoying every minute of it.

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