–verb (used without object)
1. to issue in or as if in little sparks, as fire or light: The candlelight sparkled in the crystal.
2. to emit little sparks, as burning matter: The flames leaped and sparkled.
3. to shine or glisten with little gleams of light, as a brilliant gem; glitter; coruscate.
4. to effervesce, as wine.
5. to be brilliant, lively, or vivacious.–verb (used with object)
6. to cause to sparkle: moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.–noun
7. a little spark or fiery particle.
8. a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light: the sparkle of a diamond.
9. brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.
The question is: do you sparkle? Is your life full of brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity? Do you glow with an inner
luster or a fiery spark?
I know better than anyone that life can be tough. The monotony of the day to day and a huge to do list looming
overhead can drag down and dull even the most fiery glimmer of passion
But the thing about passion is that even if has become just the tiniest little
flickering flame deep inside, tamed by disappointments and hurts and
busyness- it is still there burning away, just waiting for you to stop
your busy life for a moment and remember the good things, the important
things that make you happy.
So do it now. Stop what your doing right now and close your eyes and
breath for 20 seconds. Really think about what makes you who you are.
What is that big dream that lives down deep in your heart, that
sometimes scares you to think about it because you think its impossible
and too big for you, you could never actually accomplish it. Now I'm not
going to walk you through a 10 step success process to achieve your
dreams or anything, but I will ask you this one thing.
Write it on a post it note and put it up on your bathroom mirror.
This forces you to look at it every morning, and its really amazing how
you look at your day differently when you bring your passion into
perspective. It makes doing that spreadsheet bearable because you are
learning office skills to one day run your own company. It makes every
backbreaking hour mowing lawns or serving coffees manageable because
that is one more hour's wage going towards saving for that house or big
holiday. It makes cleaning the house again okay because as soon as you
finish you get your you time to dream.
Whatever your passion is, drag it down to a daily level and start taking
small steps now towards where you want to be. Because heaven knows, no
one will do it for you.
As the great Lord Tennyson said: "The happiness of a man in this life
does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions."
Oprah also had some words of wisdom on the subject: "Do the one thing
you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second
time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the
high wire. This is your moment. Own it."