Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
It was my best friend’s birthday last week. I had planned to surprise him early in the morning by standing outside of his house with a traditional birthday cake with a single candle. (I knew in the time I had I would not be able to light 23 without some blowing out or melting completely away.) As I waited for the moment of *SURPRISE,* the candle went out. I was only slightly disheartened—Mother Nature knew she could get her chuckles from me. I went on, relighting the candle a fourth and fifth time growing more and more annoyed at the power of the tiniest gust of wind. It got under my skin. It bothered me that no matter how hard I tried, something little could derail my plans. And then, just as the candle remained lit for more than five seconds and a smile returned to my face, my friend opened the door to see me standing against the sunrise, the happiness I had brought that day painted across my face.
The littlest things can try to extinguish your spark. That spark, unlike my candle, is not easily brought back. Sometimes it is the littlest moments, the tiny upsets, which remind us of larger setbacks, threatening to tear apart our hard work and determination. While I am sure to say we do not let little things get to us, they are often the culprit for many quitters and lost dreams. The straw that broke the camel’s back seems to be made of lead sometimes.
It is important that amidst all the heartache and failed attempts that you never lose sight of your own spark. I’ve mentioned this spark before, perhaps because it is my favorite part of a person. Each person has their own spark, unique to them, burning brightly when they achieve the impossible. Keep that spark alive, for it may be that spark that engulfs your doubts into mere ashes and brings a spectacular brilliance to your deepest desires. Looks what happens when that spark, your spirit, is given the proper chance to burn bright. It can illuminate the world.
Love and Light, Carly
“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
Part of the reason I wanted to participate in this blog was because I could hear the boos more clearly than the cheers. Stick it to those who haven’t learned the lesson “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s so satisfying to make them eat their words.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
Quite possibly my favorite quote from the whole series. Never never never give up.
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something” – Mother Teresa
I watched “Back to the Future” for the first time today in my 22 years on Earth. Aside from that embarrassing fact, it pointed out a very important concept—a simple act by one person can alter the course of so many others’ lives. What may seem like an infinitesimal drop in the bucket to you may affect people you have never even met for years to come.
Your life counts. Your actions count. Make each day count.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” -r. w. emerson
Some days are just one of those days. You know what I mean:
those days where you finish a paper but forget to save it, and the power blinks.
those days when you studied all the wrong ways for an exam, and you have another exam tomorrow (and another one the next day).
those days when you end up printing documents for your boss for 14 straight hours, because your boss screwed up.
those days when you set your alarm for pm instead of am and you catch every red light on the way to work.
those days when you wake up to a parking ticket and the line at Starbucks is around the corner, so you’re stuck with bad drip coffee at work.
You know, one of those days.
In the 1800’s, Emerson could finish his day and relax. He could pour himself a glass of aged scotch, puff on his fine cigars, and scribe a new page of brilliance into his journal (probably by candle light and in a funny Boston accent). The pace of life was slower in his time, and I imagine if he were around now, his philosophy would be more like that of Rhianna: “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend.”
I think Emerson is a little too optimistic when he asks us to put these days behind us, to start each new day with “too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” From day to day, that might be too much to ask. In fact, I think that kind of nonsense accumulates throughout the week, especially for young adults who work and study late into the night, and eventually it becomes one those weeks Still, take some combination of advice from Emerson and Rhianna. Make time for yourself to enjoy the sunshine this weekend. Rejuvenate your spirit so that by Monday you can start the new week with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. It’s the freakin’ weekend baby.