Updated: Jan 26, 2020
Carnelian, carnelian is my favorite bead this week. These beads are gorgeous. I love their fiery tones; and how awesome is that elephant charm?! As I was working on these bracelets, a Rumi quote came to mind:
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
The meaning of this quote is to burn brightly with your passions and live your heart's calling. How many times do we choose otherwise out of fear of judgement or rejection? Somewhere along the way, I made downplaying my creativity and personal feelings a habit. A fresh example is the decision to link this quote to my work on the internet. A fear began to well up inside me, "it's quite a bold statement to make...what if it's taken out of context? what if...? what if...? what if...?
I soon realized that all the what if's were about my fear of disapproval and rejection. I'm not sure how long ago this sort of inner dialogue began. Perhaps it once served a purpose in my life, but it no longer does. Given the choice between a snuffed out candle, or one that is alight and burning brightly, I choose the latter.
When we live to please others, we are only hurting ourselves. The truth is, if we are living in the dark, we'll never find those who fan our flames. I'm reminded of another quote that used to appear often in my Pinterest feed, "Let your weird light shine bright so the other weirdos know where to find you."
It's funny, but so true!
Setting our lives aflame with our passions draws those who have similar passions, members of our tribe, true and lasting friends.
Until next time.
Carpe diem, my friend!