Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Born with Bright Flames
Time for a cyber object lesson and a special thanks to my high school teacher Mrs. Landis who taught me how powerful these can be ... and that blonds can kill it on the debate team ;)
Fire needs oxygen to burn and stay "alive." The more oxygen it's openly exposed to and fanned with, the bigger and stronger it burns. Even a small candle with a small flame needs oxygen to stay lit. Once you cover the candle, taking away its oxygen source, you steal away its ability to burn, to flicker, to light what is dark.
People are like small candles each born with a flame. Upon entering this world, we have all the oxygen we need to breath deep and shine bright. As so many of us grow older, our once endless oxygen source begins to diminish slowly. The rigid, restrictive rules created by our society to impose conformity, block the free flowing fuel to our flames, our lights, our souls. Eventually, many of our flames sputter out completely, their oxygen source cut off indefinitely by too many constraints on how we should live our lives.
When the flame goes out, our destined path becomes dark and much harder to navigate. Tonight, I felt like my flame, my soul, my very essence was being covered by a large, looming rectangle of glass. While there was still a small flicker of fire, I fled, ducking out from beneath the translucent walls, about to close in around me and become, in fact opaque. I think I'd better fan my flame before I become an unlit candle that shines no light.
This is my new favorite book: Live What You Love by Bob and Melinda Blanchard, authors of A Trip to the Beach and Changing Your Course. Also, owners of Blanchards Restaurant in Anguilla and lovers of a juicy life.
This is their blog and a fabulous post that pairs well with mine above:
"Your Life Doesn’t Have to Fit Neatly Between the Lines. Color It Any Way You Want!"
Enjoy, keep your flame burning brightly and fan the flame of others often.
With Gratitude for Moments of Clarity in Chaos