Inner Fire

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  ~Albert Schweitzer

That quote has always been one of my favorites, and considering it keeps popping up in readings, emails, etc. I think there might be a personal message to me…is it from God, the angels around me, my inner conscience? Has my “inner fire” gone out? Gosh, I didn’t think so, but then again…

It’s January 1st…a new year once again! It’s a time of new beginnings, and those inevitable resolutions. Today’s OutWest section of the Denver Post says, “Be resolute” and offers 31 ways to get and stay fit and healthy in 2013. There’s some good information here folks, especially if your inner fire for healthy living has somehow gone out.

I was at a small New Year’s Eve gathering of neighbors last evening. I asked one neighbor what she was looking forward to in 2013.  Truth be told, 2012 probably wasn’t the best year for her and her family. With a look of true sincerity and a convincing smile, she said she hoped to come over to our yard and jump in the bouncy house. She said when she sees the bouncy house in our yard and hears our grandkids laughing and seeing them bouncing, she wants to feel that kind of carefree joy that they surely must be experiencing. I told her the bouncy house was available anytime for her bouncing pleasure, and that I would love to jump for joy with her. I hope her "inner fire" was sparked a bit, as I know mine was.

I could ramble on about ways to ignite our inner fires, but I will leave that up to each of you to figure out for yourselves! I recently read about a small idea to practice to help increase our feelings of gratitude. It said each day in the new year to jot down something good that happened that day on a small slip of paper, fold it up and put in a jar. Throughout the year, you’ll see all those little slips of paper filling that jar and that in itself can be inspiring. Then next New Year’s Eve, spend time reading over those positive happenings and VOILA! ….What a great year you had in 2013. I am going to try that. It is early in the day, but I’ve already had a  great happening. I just found an earring that I lost several days ago (that I’ve had since college days and love.) It’s a small thing, but it’s a good thing. …Lost earring, found!

Dear God, Thank you for the many blessings you bring to my life! Thank you for this sun-filled New Year’s Day of 2013. Thank you for good neighbors, for children’s laughter, for bouncy houses, for sparks to rekindle our inner fires, and for lost earrings found. Mostly, thank you for all the relationships that make this earthly life so enriched and worthwhile. Amen

Andrea Heshmati

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