Let’s talk about fireworks. Sparklers are just ugly sticks in a box before you light them. Firecrackers go unnoticed until they are lit and begin to pop. Pretty much all fireworks have to be ignited to be appreciated.
I used to be a firework begging not to be lit. I did not want anyone to notice me. The thought of “what people would think of me” left me begging to remain silently in my box far from a match.
Fireworks that remain in a box make no impact. They do not sparkle. They do not pop. They bring no joy. They never experience oohs and aahs. They are never celebrated. Sometimes they even lose their potential and become known as “duds.” Duds get tossed aside while the world continues to seek out the ones that light up the sky.
What good is a firework that never sparkles?
Have you ever noticed that often people use one sparkler to light another?
I guess by now you know that we are really talking about people.
Experiencing that initial flame was rather scary. I had no idea how to shine much yet sparkle. I had been rather quiet my entire life. Making a pop or a boom was way outside of my comfort zone. I was willing to miss the experience until, the flame got too close and suddenly I had no choice. One spark was all that it took to show me what I had been missing my entire life. It was a spark that I could not contain. It quickly lit all of the others around me. Fanning the flame so that it would never go out and would continue to ignite others was and is my destiny and I almost missed it. I almost missed it because I felt that existing and conformity was better than shining brightly and facing possible criticism. At least if you are being criticized you are making an impact!
I was not born to be a dud in a box and neither were you. We were all born to shine. If you have not found your sparkle, I urge you to get next to someone who is on fire. Passionate people full of life. If you are not feeling your heart pound with passion at least once a day, believe me there is more! It is not too late to choose to live a life full of passion and purpose. It is a choice after all.
Are you a dud or a firecracker? A dud never experiences its full potential…
Until Next Time,