M.C. Grimm: Light My Fire

What lights your fire?

Everyone has a spark to ignite their dreams. It can be our purpose. It can be what spurs us from bed when laying down and doing nothing would be easier – sometimes even more desirable. Without this spark to bring light to our soul, our lives are cold and dark. This is the distinguishing line between living and surviving – your spark.

Here are a few “sparks” for today, share yours as well in the comments.

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What lights your fire?

Everyone has a spark to ignite their dreams. It can be our purpose. It can be what spurs us from bed when laying down and doing nothing would be easier – sometimes even more desirable. Without this spark to bring light to our soul, our lives are cold and dark. This is the distinguishing line between living and surviving – your spark.

I feel blessed to find this spark in many things.
A song, an ad, conversation with a wise soul, a kiss, a poem, and sometimes it can be a simple hope for the future and the world I hope to leave behind for my soon-to-be family (aka my kin LOL that’s for you, Dad). I can find inspiration in my fears and motivate myself to dream something more fruitful, devise a plan on how to get there, and water that seed until it blossoms into something beautiful.

Here are a few places where I found my inspiration today. If you’re short on spark, may it ignite something in you as well.

This is a YouTube link to a great song from the play Hamilton. This is a fantastic show with tons of powerful, enjoyable songs. Listen to this one and you will know.

An excerpt from one of my favorite books came across my feed today. I have written about different novels that have changed my life before and this will always make the list. It is easy to bury some of these huge, influential works in the day-to-day stress, but here is a page of my soul. Buy this book for your library. You won’t regret it.

Tao Te Cheng
written by Lao-Tzu translation by S. Mitchell

Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.

A final addition to this spark-filled day came from another quote as well as a situation at my job. A fellow team-leader spoke in an irrelevant setting about an item that could, in the wrong setting, drastically devolve the quality of our staffs role. By irrelvant setting I mean, in my experience at this company, an impulse idea in-front of an uneducated audience (not this meeting, therefore “irrelevant setting”) could spark a slew of issues for those who actually perform the role. To add to that, this was my first time meeting this leader and so I was tempted to say nothing. After all, this meeting was private and there was no means this comment would create the ripple I could foresee. Also, I would hate the first impression of me to be that I am argumentative.

This meme, which I had seen earlier today, entered my mind. After all, it was an honest thought this leader presented and his willingness to share it should be encouraged. However, from my experience here, an impulse idea in-front of an uneducated audience (this meeting was educated hence that “irrelevant setting”) could spark a slew of issues for those who actually perform the role. I asserted an alternative view and was happy that others on the call joined me to support avoiding a direction of micromanagement. I was thrilled to have received this inspiration earlier to risk the awkward moment.

I’ll ask again: What sparks your fire? Share with me down in the comments and let myself and the world know what could provide some inspiration.

As always, thank you for checking in!

Best regards,
M.C. Grimm
http://www.mcgrimm.blog

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