Point of View // 10.15.2010

Your Inner Fire: Keep it Burning

Article by Efua A

There is something in each one of us that keeps us going- it’s our fuel for life, and the reason for getting up every morning. For some, this is their faith in God for others it is being in love with someone or their job- basically whatever gives us joy and a reason to smile!

It’s easy to see when someone has a fire burning within because they radiate energy. This energy is the type that makes them look confident and content with who they are and what they do. It is natural for anybody to wish for this kind of fire in their own lives for the very reason that living without one results in a lifestyle lacking enthusiasm, willpower and the motivation to be and do what you were created for.

I’ve often wondered how one can keep this kind of fire going without burning out; perhaps there is no formula for this because we are not machines but rather, emotional beings. However I believe that there are conscious actions we can take to continually channel our minds towards positive attitudes that will result in healthy emotions to get us closer to achieving this goal.

Have you ever noticed that when we are upset and discouraged, in many cases it is because of what someone did, said, didn’t do, or didn’t say? Although people can be fire enhancers, they can also be joy killers if we give them a key to dictate our happiness.

In many cases, we lose our fire because of a person who has put us down, so it definitely helps to avoid keeping company with negative people. Rather, keeping company with inspiring people will help us stay motivated, so it is important that we surround ourselves with people who look at life in a positive way.

We each have unique gifts and talents that are God given and exclusively ours. In most cases, once we have discovered them they become lasting fire burners in our lives, because they are a part of who we are and give us the will to live with contentment and a sense of meaning and purpose.

However during a conversation with a friend, it was brought to light how sometimes even people who feel driven by their talents encounter low, discouraging, and uninspired moments in their lives. Although these encounters may be inevitable, when we do go through them draw strength from God and the positive people around you, turn every potential obstacle into a challenge and never stop learning about yourself.

We have all experienced the loss of motivation at one point or another in different areas of our lives particularly when a situation turns out completely differently to what you anticipated. Imagine the following scenario: you’ve just landed a big job and you are feeling like you’ve finally done it- the money is going to be flowing in and soon you’ll be driving a nice car.  Your inner fire is rocket high. However this job doesn’t turn out to be what you expected, your boss is a nightmare, and the demand is so high that you are now working extra non- paid hours. Eventually it begins to have a toll on you and your family and before you know it, the fire and excitement from within you is burning out not only in your working life but in your social and private life as well.

This may seem like a normal outcome given the circumstances however we should stop and think about what we permit to control our happiness because if it’s materialistic, what happens when its gone or doesn’t go our way?

Faith in God, hope, and our passions in life are the most constant fire burners because they are not materialistic and can’t be taken away by anyone. They are what will help keep the fire burning and give us the strength to persevere even when the flame threatens to burn out. By deriving our inner strength from something meaningful and profound, our character will be empowered to endure a bad storm.

In conclusion, let us strive to keep our fire blazing because as a high-spirited American known as Cavett Robert once expressed, “character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”

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