From a little spark may burst a flame.
—Dante (Public domain)
…You would be amazed at the percentage of people who live their lives in an almost subconscious state; going through the motions in a rote, passionless manner. They see their impact on the world around them as granular, nearly undetectable. They do what they must to survive, but their happiness is limited and the great dreams they once had are almost extinguished.
Dear God, that sounds depressing. But it is the simple reality for millions upon millions of Americans. We don’t realize the scope of the problem because most suffer quietly, not wishing to burden the people around them with what they see as their own failings. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Regardless of age, circumstances, or the depth of the pit in which we have placed ourselves, God has given us the ability to change our current state. In fact, God expects us to change our situation.
The first step is to realize that we are not alone in our suffering—not by a long shot. The second step is to dust off those old dreams and find the one that can still create a spark in our lives. Or go in another direction altogether and uncover a new passion. Now, we must throw ourselves into this new world, working to surround our little spark with as much combustible material as possible. It may take some time, but if we refuse to give up, from our little spark will burst a flame.
—MSH, Penn Wealth