The Inner Fire

Does everyone have it, or is it only a certain type of person? Is it part of being human, or just for those predisposed to it? That fire that blazes in the inmost being- does everyone experience it? Do some just squelch it to make life easier for themselves? It can be rather inconvenient at times, igniting severe discomfort. To fan it into full flame can be dangerous. It can blaze out of control. To ignore it can be ever so practical, allowing a smooth chameleon-like existence– be who you need to be to get what you want in any given circumstance. Know the rules, play the game, get what you want. What you will get is a life of ease and accomplishment.

For those who are all too keenly aware of that drive for something beyond comfort and niceties, life is not so easy. They will not yield, or bend, or conform. They check with their internal compass and blurt out any discrepancies between it and the outer world. Completely inadvisable. They point out the hollowness of changing winds, yes-men, and darkness masquerading as light. They upset the veneer of smoothness. And what do they get in exchange? Shunning and ridicule, marginalization and scoffing. The world turns its back on them. If only they could harness that which burns within them to fight for what truly matters in a way that the world would understand. Then they could reignite what the hollow have lost and teach them how to truly live.

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  1. I believe everyone has it, but only a sparse few are game enough to exhume it from the deep. Most of the time it stays buried underneath a safe padding of expectations and conformity; but everyone feels that Princess & the Pea niggling at some point or another. It’s just a shame not enough are wild enough to recognise it, then act on it.

    • Thanks for coming, Sir. I wonder if part of it is our view of/approach to conflict. We feel uncomfortable when our inner fire conflicts with expectations and conformity. Run and hide, smooth things over are easy outs. Perhaps other people’s fire makes us uncomfortable at times too, so we try to squish them. What if we all enjoyed chaos and healthy conflict a little more? Could the world be more fun that way?

  2. Our inner fire harnessed by God for good could light up the darkness in our world. Beautiful post, Zoe.

  3. I have it. Here in the UK it’s called A Big Mouth. I can’t keep mine shut, because there’s so much about the world that needs change. I get a lot of sympathy from ground level: it’s managers, with hang-ups and insecurities and Big Ambitions, and delusions of greatness: they’re my stumbling block.

    Lovely to hear from you, Zoe :-)

    • If Big Ambitions could only see how much the world- and they- need Big Mouth! Big Mouth is the one who looks beyond herself and changes the world. Big Ambitions could learn so much from Big Mouth!
      Here’s another ground level supporter for you :-)
      Glad to see you again. I’m hoping to be a weekly blogger… See you on your site shortly.

  4. ” life is not so easy” – I’m one of those for whom it is so, and many I know “run and hide and smooth things over” and seem the happier for it

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