Gratitude for Those Who Have Lighted the Flame Within Us.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer:


I would Like you to take a few minutes today and think of the people past and present who have lighted the flame in you. It could have been a teacher, friend, sibling, parents the list can be endless. Chances are you will find many to add to your list. For today let’s reflect how these people have made a positive impact on your life. Do you remember some of the positive influences early in your life? Write them down, who they are and why. Move on through your life and try to remember specific people and how they lit the flame within you. How has this make an impact in your life? I am sure your list will grow as you begin to remember fondly these people.

The next thing I would like you to do is make a list of those you have been a positive influence in their lives. How many people can say you have you lit their flame? It may have been kindness, encouragement, influence, guidance to name a few.

I would like for you to take a few minutes from your busy day to think with gratitude of those who have influenced your life. Is it possible for you to contact them and thank them? Maybe send them today’s quote with a little note or even today’s blog. I am always amazed at the technology of today as it allows us the freedom to find and communicate with very little effort.

You just might be able to light the flame in someone else by reminding them how they had lit the flame within you and how you were positively influenced by them.

Today have gratitude for those in your life and if you see or feel a spark flicker don’t hesitate to rekindle that flame in someone’s life. You just might find your own light grow brighter as a result.

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~ by coachsusie on October 16, 2007.

2 Responses to “Gratitude for Those Who Have Lighted the Flame Within Us.”

  1. You might want to read about the very recent psychological research projects into Gratitude and Thankfulness:

    http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/labs/emmons/

    Robert Emmons has also published a few books on the topic. One is a more technical treatise called The Psychology of Gratitude. Another just hit bookstores a few weeks ago and is designed for a lay readership entitled Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

  2. Thanks!,

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