Life Lessons From Fire

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

Life Lessons From Fire

I spent time meditating about the element of fire and contemplated about its vital role in life.

I’m not sure when humankind first discovered fire.

All I know is that at some point, we learned how to control fire, and leverage use of fire for a greater good.

Fire can be a helpful servant but a harsh master, and a force for both good and evil.

A double edged sword that can protect us and also destroy us.

Fire can help us prepare food and thus, enhance the availability and variety of nutrients for consumption.

With its heat, we can survive better in a cooler environment.

We can also use its light to help us see our way through darkness and operate in it.

Fire can also be used to protect ourselves against nocturnal predators.

In modern economy, we can utilise fire to generate electricity and power our industries.

And help drive various combustion-based vehicles to take us around the world and even into outer space.

Fire has has increased our working hours and changed the way we live, work, learn and play.

It has fired up our creativity and imagination, and created more possibilities and opportunities for us live a better life.

Fire has become a vital and in some cases, a sacred part of our lives.

It has also become a symbol for many laudable values.

In the Bible, fire has been used to represent our Creator and His emissaries.

One of the most popular stories was about how God used pillars of fire to lead His people through darkness and into the promised land.

Every time, we look at fire, we are somehow caught up with something mystical about it.

Fire reaches out to a deep recess of our minds, and it can transport us into a trance-like state.

It can be a tool to activate the synapses of our neural pathways, and challenge us to dream beyond ourselves and live a purposeful life.

Perhaps what is more important than the tangible fire is the proverbial fire in our belly.

This is a burning desire that can be kindled to release fiery visions, single-mindedness, energy and dynamism.

The fire of passion is one of the most powerful forces that can be used to blaze a trail in our lives and propel us to fulfill worthwhile dreams to change the world around us.

Fire can represent destruction for all things negative.

It can also stand for purification – the need to bring out the best from each and every one of us.

As an active force, fire helps to maintain various ecological systems and stimulate growth.

It also compels and catalyses the renewal of life.

In a similar way, we can choose to be like a life-giving fire.

We can contribute to our community and help generate restoration, improvement and growth.

Fire requires oxygen and other materials to burn on an ongoing basis.

Similarly, we need to harness other forces to help us achieve meaningful results and reach our desired destinations.

It will bode well to remember that to start a fire, all we need is a spark.

No matter how small the spark is, it has the potential to become a flame.

Eventually, the flame can grow to become a razing fire.

That was how positive revolutions were started – with an idea.

The people who came out with the idea oftentimes deemed themselves to be ordinary.

Many of them could never imagine that their simple actions of turning an idea into a reality could end up changing the landscape of society.

The next person with such an idea can very well be you.

Keep stroking the flame within you until it lights up with blazing glory to help you fulfill a worthwhile cause.

Fire up your life now!


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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