Igniting the Spark

person holding lighted sparklers

For the last year and a half, there has been tremendous disruption in our lives. What we thought would happen, has not. What we never realized would happen, did. We’ve needed to adjust our behaviors, our expectations, to a new normal. In other words, there has been a gap created between how we thought things would be, and how they actually are. There’s a certain amount of tension in that. How do you close the gap between the reality you are living in now and the life you want for yourself in the future? Pandemic aside, you could do and be so much more, and you know this.

Does this sound familiar? Are you, or someone you are close to, trapped in an unwanted life, feeling stuck and unable to move? Here is a suggestion for moving forward. Why don’t you try imagining the future you want for yourself? Imagine it so vividly and specifically that you can actually see it. Then, take it even further. Hear it, taste it, feel it, walk around in it! Make it like a movie, starring you.

If you’ve done a good job imagining this future, when you come back to reality, you will be aware of a gap between where you are now and where you want to be. You may feel a bit uncomfortable, but this is good! You see, it is this gap that releases your energy and creativity. Did you know that gas-powered automobiles only move because they have a gap in the spark plug? There has to be room – a space – for the spark to ignite. The same goes for you, for all of us.

For us humans, that space between the way things are and the way we want them to be is the very same space where our drive, energy and creativity have room to ignite. It is the drive and energy that are required to close the gap. Without a vision, a vivid picture of the future you want in your mind, there is no gap. There is no gap, no space, for you to discover your own power.

First, try creating a vision. Then, work at strengthening it every day. Watch what happens when you create a little space for that spark to ignite.