Sun-drenched Sundays that summon my sentiments lead me to many of my fondest findings. It is often in my quiet times that I have the loudest, lovely wonderment – and as of last Sunday, I began a new chapter. Today, I’m in a new home. For me, Centennial is a new city. Colorado is my current state – and with my arrival, I have a renewed desire to fuel my fire. Are you fueling yours?
One of the nicest things about saying goodbye, particularly when parting is such sweet sorrow, is the bittersweet joy that comes with recognizing how much you care about those you no longer have the luxury of seeing with a simple car ride. You understand your next rendezvous would require a plane ticket or road trip or perhaps a very long journey.
You become acutely aware of meaningful moments, missed opportunities and treasuring what may have seemed trivial; but new chapters also thrust you into one of my favorite realms – reflection. This evening, I considered my own flame. What excites me. What moves me. What compels me to learn, listen, leverage and love. Irrespective of my new surroundings, those things remain the same!
My mind is mesmerized by education. My thoughts are submerged with the art of speaking. My heart is enamored with wonderful writing. So much so, that I was privileged to share my work with thousands this past month, as a featured author on Teach Write Chat, a blog that celebrates educators who write.
I responded to their call for submissions because I deeply believe in fueling your fire. So often, we have unbridled passions that are reduced to embers because we drown them, albeit unintentionally, with the many reasons, doubts and apprehensions as to why they will never be. But do we have to?
I’m incessantly inspired by the flames of my friends and colleagues. Nichole turned her advocacy for her autistic daughter into a movement – Autism Moms Are Beautiful – that has garnered the recognition of thousands, complete with an original and innovative music video. Aisha’s fervor for dance has positivity permeating into novices and newbies, undaunted by inhibition. Meeko’s media musings is making magic for millions, from unsuspecting recipients of cash donations to inexplicable experiences captured in Israel.
Nevertheless, they all started first – with a dream. These are just a few among the many that I know. Their uniqueness doesn’t lie in self-employment, as many have other occupations. What impresses and ignites my excitement about them, is their commitment to fueling their fire. In many previous posts, I encourage readers to consider what they enjoy doing more than anything else – particularly if it entails that which benefits others by way of their gifts and talents.
I strive not only to ensure that I pursue such a road myself, but I encourage others to attain the same level of fulfillment.
There are so many things at which we are good, but too often we bury our talents! Don’t hide them, hone them. Share what you have with others and get ready to catch your dreams, not chase them.
Caption: An exhilarating screenshot of fuel for my fire found at Teach Write Chat. Please click on the link and leave comments and let me know your thoughts!