The Inner Pilot Light
Have you ever had the pilot light of your stove or hot water tank go out? What did you do? If you’re like me, you initially called your father, but ultimately you lit a match to reignite the flame. This reminds me of a saying that a former boss used to share regarding problem solving, “You can light a candle or curse the darkness.” And as much as I learned to dislike his overuse of that expression, it is exactly what we need to do when we have lost our passion … or when we find our inner flame extinguished.
What are the signals that your pilot light is off or flickering weakly? In the case of the hot water tank, the water is shockingly cold to the system. From a human perspective, this feeling of coldness could be akin to a feeling of indifference or a lack of passion. Our zest for life can get dampened for a variety of reasons, but whatever the reason, it is up to us to recognize the waning warmth and light of our inner candle – and to be open and committed to finding ways to reignite the flame.
So how do we turn the flicker back into a flame? Maybe it would involve a vacation or participating in a retreat. Maybe we need to reach out to a friend or family member, or pick up a new hobby or book. It doesn’t take much, but it does require us to recognize that we are no longer living and playing full out. It requires a conscious choice on our part to continue to step into our ordained greatness by connecting to our inner flame.
How will you re-ignite and continue to fuel your flame?