“The mind is not a vessel to be filled— Plutarch
but a fire to be kindled.”
“In everyone’s life, at some time,— Albert Schweitzer
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an
encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.”
“Become the person— Leon Brown
you [are] meant to be,
light your inner fire
and follow your heart’s desire.”
Today’s MotD inspires us to (re)connect with our inner fire, even if it’s only a spark. With little effort that spark can be stoked into a roaring flame. This is especially true for those of us who may be struggling with figuring out what it is we’re ”supposed” to be doing right now.
In Marie Kondo’s ”The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” she talks about keeping only that which sparks joy. In a similar way, when we are lost and confused about our path, we can do an inventory of our lives (past and present) to notice what sparks joy in our lives now and what has sparked joy in our past. Pulling together these “sparks of joy” can help paint a picture for ourselves of where to light our fire.
For instance, maybe as a child we wanted to be a teacher but as a grown-up the thought of teaching in schools has lost its luster. It could be that the spark of teaching is still there but needs to be channeled in a different direction (community education classes, tutoring, workshops, etc).
It comes down to this: what sparks joy in our lives? Whatever that is, find a way to do that, or a variation of it that turns into a fire, our passion. Ever notice how we gravitate towards people who are passionate about what they do? That can work for us as well. When we are impassioned, it attracts others to us and what we do, which feeds the fire, creating this lovely win-win scenario.
The Mandala Lady
btw…started with this: