He had dropped his sparkler.
As his father picked it up and held it out to him, the young boy shook his head.
No, it's going to burn me.
You can do it, his father said, just hold it right here. Let's try again.
This time as the sparkler was lit, the boy held onto it. In fact, a look of wonder came across his face as he stared at the fiery sparks. With a smile, he ran off down the hill towards the others, never taking his eyes off the little ball of fire.
There's something about fire that we desire to dwell deep within us. Burning passion. Desire to do more, be more. Embers of hope.
But in the middle of cherishing our spark, something snuffs it out. Fear. Resentment. Doubt. We begin to realize that we aren't living up to our dreams, or at least we allow ourselves to believe that we can't.
But we can. It's time to fan those sparks and feed the flame. Because more often than not, we've fallen into a pit of self-doubt. And I speak from experience.
I'm a detail-oriented, logical, people-pleasing dreamer. (Hmm, is there such a thing as a logical dreamer??) In other words, I figure out and dream up the best possible scenario before taking any action. But then the doubt kicks in and I wonder, am I enough?
Their blog is growing so much faster than mine. Am I enough?
What if my plans for this product launch fail? Am I enough?
I want to make fashion posts, but what if I end up looking frumpy? Am I enough?
Maybe you've even thought it to yourself before, Am I enough? Well guess what? :) You are.
It's time to stop holding ourselves back; it's time for a wake-up call. Because darling, you are worth it. If you have big dreams, don't settle for less, aim higher. One of the greatest regrets in life is being/doing who you think others would want you to be/do, rather than simply being yourself. Fan that spark and let it burn! And if it doesn't turn out the way you expected, so be it. Learn from it and move on. You have so much more to give this world.
Think about what doubts or fears are keeping you from doing sometime you've dreamed of and take a deep breath. Now, let go. Let those doubts and fears blow away and allow you to see the best of life. Awaken to a deeper meaning and embrace your uniqueness. The world needs you to hold on to your sparkler.
So don't give up on yourself or your dreams just yet.