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Reignite Your Fire

“It is not death that we should fear, but we should fear never beginning to live.” ~ Marcus Aurelius …

The tragedy of life is not our passing from it; rather, it is our inability to live life fully whilst we are alive and able to. I have often found it a bit odd that most of us find death so tragic, while right here in the midst of life, there are individuals who are walking around in pain–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual–yet so few of us react similarly to this pain of living. In truth, nearly all religions teach that when someone dies, they move on to something better–heaven, union with God, a beautiful spiritual afterlife. So why do we feel that it is so tragic that someone–who has perhaps lived their lives to the fullest–passes on, while inside of ourselves we let beautiful things die all the time?

Some people never take the time to find their true, authentic self, and let that person shine forth. Many others build up walls against the world, and never allow their compassion and love to touch the hearts of others, or for others to reach out to them. There are individuals who have become fearful and judgmental, or who have let their childlike sense of wonder fade away. Still others have hidden away their talents and abilities because they do not have the time, or because they have other work and obligations to do that have a higher importance.

Deep down within our hearts, I believe none of us wants to reach the day of our death and realize that we have never really began to live. Yet so many of us do this very thing… and it often times takes some life-changing event to awaken us to all that we have laid before us. The good thing is that most of us can begin to live at any given time. With a simple choice, we can utilize our talents and our abilities, we can become an active participant in our life and the lives of those around us, and we can focus on all of the potential that lies before us each and every day we are alive.

Find or reignite your fire in life today.

Questions to consider:

What parts of your life have been lukewarm?

How can you reinvigorate those parts? What are some of the benefits of doing so?

Why do we often lose sight of the value and purpose in life? Is money, power, stability, or fame what you truly seek?

For further thought:

“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” ~ Benjamin E. Mays

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Happiness

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for what you want.” ~ Zig Ziglar …

People tend to choose to see happiness as something we must chase after and capture, as if it is something to be won or obtained. This view, however, only serves to disenfranchise us of the power to experience the happiness we already possess. True happiness can only be found in sincere gratitude for the things we have and the things we want. Continue reading

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Reinforce Potentials

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai …

Malala Yousafzai was a young Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. As a result, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, yet she survived. Her story of standing up to fear and evil has changed the lives of millions throughout the world. She knows firsthand the power and responsibility we all possess to change the world for the better. Continue reading

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Remain Focused

“What is behind your eyes holds more power than what is in front of them.” ~ Gary Zukav …

This is so true indeed! Our value and our worth is beyond measure. Yet many of us tend to place our worth outside of ourselves–on how we perceive ourselves, or even worse, on how others perceive us. But our beauty already lies within us. It is there in our hearts… in the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others. It is there in our minds… in the wholesome knowledge and understanding we gain. It is there in our words… those that lift others up, those that spread kindness and love. It is there in our actions… in the concern we show to others and the goodness we pour forth into the world. Continue reading

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Your Discord

“Every person you fight with has many other people in his or her life with whom he or she gets along quite well. You cannot look at a person who seems difficult to you without also looking at yourself.” ~ Jeffrey Kottler …

It is not any fun to be at odds with others in our life. It means fighting, anger, stress, avoidance, exclusion, and so many other negative things that hinder our personal growth. Yet within those seeds of discord, lie perhaps the most direct and appropriate analysis of who we are on the inside; they speak to us of the innermost feelings that we are dealing with and perhaps hiding away from ourselves. Continue reading

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Resolve, With Enthusiasm

“Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.” ~ James Russell Lowell …

I find this to be the perfect line of thought to help foster an environment that is conducive to sparking that glorious fire of inspiration within us each day. After all, we are alive! We just awoke to another day full of opportunity! Nothing could be more deserving of our gratitude and praise. And here we have available to us the opportunity–and ability–to make a difference in this world. Today, we can improve our life or the lives of those around us, and we can find personal fulfillment and growth in our interactions and accomplishments throughout the day. Continue reading

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Awakening

“We travel… in search not of new sights, but of new eyes with which to see everything, old sights included. And though those eyes are available to us, even when we just sit quietly at home, some places so startle or quiet us that we cannot help but see things differently.” ~ Pico Iyer …

Have you ever had a moment in which you felt awakened, in which the fog seemed to clear and you saw things clearly? Pico, here, is talking about those moments and those places in time in which we cannot help but find that our eyes have been opened and we can see a glimpse of what we are really searching for in life. Continue reading

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