Guarding fire

Guard carefully the fire that burns inside you. Remember how feeble the flame was at first, how it quivered in the frigid air, how the slightest breeze threatened to extinguish it. Remember how you nursed it along, with bits of the choice fuel, using your body to protect it from the winds. Remember the feeling when it sprang to life and grew of its own accord, when the flame multiplied into a robust fire.

Do not take for granted the comfort of the flames, the warmth it provides for it can always be taken away at any time. Left untended, even for a short while, the flame, once robust and seemingly invincible, may slowly fade and die. Without fuel, without air, the flame will go out, returning your world to darkness and cold. 

Guard your fire with your life, for it gives your days meaning and your movements purpose. Guard your fire for it is your life, for without it your days are meaningless and your movements void. There are those all around who’s fire has gone out. Empty shells who continue on an uncontemplated trajectory simply because they know not what else to do, who trudge on because a body in motion will stay in motion and there is no force, no will, no fire to direct them in a different path. 

Guard your fire well, tend it with all your might and you will be kept warm on the coldest days and your vision clear through the darkest nights. Stoke your fire and fuel it well and it will light the fires of those around you. The fire that burns within you will provide the spark, the energy to activate a fire in your neighbor. 

Guard your fire well. 

Tend your fire with care.

Published by JR Stanley

I am an MD, PhD student, training to be a physician scientist, with a deep interest in science, faith, and living life as an adventure. Join me as I entertain ideas from new findings in science, evolving interpretations of faith, and experience life one day and one adventure at a time.

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