"If the world feels cold to you, kindle fires to warm it."
I want to feature a quote that gets you feeling cozy while delivering a meaningful lesson all at the same time - “If the world feels cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
The first thing to mention is how this message is framed. Notice it says “if the world feels cold to you.” It acknowledges that everyone has their own experience and perception of things, and everyone needs to take their own unique approach to addressing it. The world can be a cold place but more than anything it comes down to how you see it and what you’re going to do about it.
This quote is a metaphor, right? It basically means that everyone has their own unique way of kindling a fire, or changing certain things in their life. But there are 3 common steps that people need to take in order to do so effectively.
First is you need to gather resources. Figure out what you have to work with (brush, branch, sticks, twigs) so that you have the fuel you need to light the fire. You’ve got to know what's available to you. Then you need to prepare. Make a fire pit so that it’s safe, organize the resources so that they can be used most efficiently, and set expectations about what the desired result is - How long the fire will last. Then you need to light the flame. The pit will not produce heat until there’s fire, and you need to take action to put everything you've done to work. It’s all for not unless you get started and try your best to do something meaningful.
I know this might be a more difficult metaphor to follow so here’s the summary - When something isn’t how you want it to be, you can change it by taking the necessary steps to fixing it. Through the lens of positivity, if you feel like there is too much hate, negligence or disrespect in the world, you can collect the resources, do the prep work, and get started in a way that changes the things around you. We do these things implicitly but hopefully this framework helps you see the process behind the things we do naturally.
With that in mind let me ask you a question - What in your life could use a little change for the better?
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