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Seeing my autistic son grow and develop when it seems like the odds were against him. It only makes me want to push myself harder and do more.
My daily meditation and prayer kindles the fire within me
At the moment, it is a slow, hot burn. It is one of those spiritual earthquakes rolling on through – but the quake is still.
Yesterday I was amazingly fired up, improving a webpage. Today I’m aiming to get fired up, quilting. Is it ‘fire’ when I’m extremely annoyed at someone? Hopefully not. Maybe air pollution.
Today what is kindling fire within me is admiration for Simone Biles for knowing her limits and having the courage to step out of the incredible pressure is under in the Tokyo Olympics, and decide not to compete this week. Great going!
And my anger at the arrogance and ignorance of the radio talk show host Charlie Kirk for belittling her.
I agree with you and even lit a candle for her yesterday.
Taking up a new activity- in the winter it was rug hooking, this summer it’s golf.
Learning more about stuff that matters to me – the preservation of old growth forests here in BC, Indigenous experiences in this land, aging well.
Tending circles of connection.
I love your interest in doing new things, Elaine! Something I need to do now that I am retired.
It’s one of the most life giving possibilities of “retired” life. Somebody called it Re-Fired! 🙂 Thanks for the comment Linda.
Something new- a book, an idea, anew exercise routine, a place, music that touches deeply into my soul, a smile from a stranger.
I discovered two fires within me – one is ignited when I hear certain music that fills me with absolute warmth, joy, energy and life. The other is a fiery anger at self-centered people with a sense of self-entitlement that is at the expense of the common good.
Kindness…I see so much cruelty that it makes my heart ache. Witnessing kindness inspires me to keep showing up and doing my best.
Taking time out for self-care. Oftentimes I get caught up with work that I forget to do things to reward myself, like pampering or going out to hang out with friends.
Inspiration – not from within me, but somehow when I’m inspired. I can’t conjure it up. It is not from a particular activity. And like Howie, sometimes it comes from having to make myself get started when I don’t really want to or feel like it…and then “poof” I’m suddenly immersed in whatever it is feeling energized, productive, creative, like I can’t stop, and joyful. I wish I could bottle that.
The cultivated joy and bond I share with my 4 children (Ages 14, 11, 3, & 7 months). The fresh early newness of the morning. A blank sheet of paper (I’m an artist). The constant excitement that the youth I work with show when they first see me for the day. This Gratefulness app has been working a special number on me also with being ignited.
Rituals. It’s my love of my rituals that gets me out of bed in the morning. My routine, my faith, my devotion to my craft, these are the things that add meaning and purpose to my life and make life worthwhile.
Sometimes anger at injustice. Sometimes finding a solution to a problem. Sometimes finding others of similar interests.or beliefs…I am all over the map on this one…..
I hear you, girl! 🙂
I appreciate this response
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