A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark. ~ Dante Alighieri
A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame. ~ Boris Yeltsin
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Okay, first off, all of you who have your heads in the gutter, please remove them promptly. Yes, it is true that flame can be referring to romance, but that is NOT what I am referring to in this post! I am referring to inner motivation, daily living, contributing to society, etc. Yes, romantic involvement may be part of that, but it is not really what I was getting at.
We all need those people to help light a spark in us that allows us to move forward. We all need those people who rekindle our light as it is about to go out. Every one of us has had those moments where we feel less inspired, less motivated, perhaps even a little depressed. It maybe related to job or life satisfaction, it may be a mid-life crisis, or it may just be. In those moments, we look to our friends, our family, our support systems to assist us in finding new strength to persevere and carry on.
I find that a new project of any kind can often help fan the flame. I may be struggling at work, but if I add something creative in my personal life that gives me the ability to get through the challenges on the work front, as I am invested in something apart from work. Similarly, if I am struggling with friendships or parenting skills, work can be my escape that then rejuvenates me enough to be able to head home at the end of the day and attempt to tackle the issues again.
Some people find that the spark they need is obtained in prayer or meditation, or attending religious services within a community. Others find it when taking a walk on the beach or through the middle of a forest. They key is to find what works for you and remember it in those moments when you need inspiration and motivation.
Today, 221 days ’til 40, I am thankful that I have many outlets to turn to when I need a boost in order to keep on keeping on.