Lighting a Fire

I’ve never been a smoker, so my experience with using matches was limited to lighting birthday candles once or twice a year. In recent years, however, I’ve begun enjoying fragrant candles in my home, and I’ve noticed something about the process of lighting a match.

If I approach the process with timidity, the match does not light. However, if I approach the process with confidence and assertively rub the match across the striking surface, I’m almost always assured of success.

I’ve started thinking about lighting a match as a good metaphor for life.  If you approach it with timidity, lack of clarity, and the assumption that you are going to fail, then you will fail.  If you approach with it with the certainty of success, you will most likely succeed.

What mental clutter is preventing you from living the life you want? What do you need to assertively clear away in order to light the fire that’s missing in your life?

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