More than a Slogan
Although it started for me as an insight that led to this BonBon, this phrase embodies many of my primary motivations. It has led me to go out of my way to blow on any sparks of inspiration I encounter – whether they are mine or somebody else’s. It governs how I treat children, as I encourage their early efforts to build character and recognize what truly matters in life. It keeps me alert for any sparks that notice – recognizing them for their incredible value early on.
Seize the Spark Shop is the name of my Etsy shop; its slogan is Words that energize, uplift and inspire. Everything offered there comes from my own writing, and is designed by me, so everything offered at the shop is unique and reflects what I write about..
I think it also serves very well as a life slogan, too.
What It Means to Seize the Spark
The spark is more than in insight—a glimmer of a lightbulb going on. That would be quite enough to gain it a place of honor among our everyday thinking. But its power and influence go way beyond that.
A spark of insight ignites other thoughts. It can act like a firecracker: Pop! Pop! Pop! Maybe launching fireworks that make your best ideas shine bright. But it is too narrow to only consider the quantity and quality of the ideas that arise. Look at the energy being released. It energizes! It ignites whatever thoughts you’ve held that resemble it.
The mind is involved, surely, but so are the emotions, and your body too. All of you is united in the energetic surge of an aha! Savor that sensation, along with the light it brings (in all its forms). For that brings more light (delight) into your thinking, into your life.
Each spark is a call to action. It comes with an imperative: Do something with this! Fan the flame so it grows brighter. Bring it into tangible reality. Let its novelty carry you away. Blow on the flame so it grows brighter, and brighter still.
Sparks of inspiration release energy. And when taken to heart and allowed to be expressed in deeds, they can have power beyond belief.
It helps to keep a lantern at hand that can keep the flame alive. But insights do not want to be confined to a single small, candle-sized flame. It needs to be spread—shared with others and linked up with concepts you’re already excited about.
We’ve heard the expression, Seize the Day, Carpe Diem, as a rational to grasp the opportunity that is at hand. That’s good, but that is a whole different scale than seizing a spark. A day is like a year, compared to the instantaneous awareness of a flashing spark. Many can occur in mere minutes. Speed is necessary, a willingness to act without hesitation.
Seize the sparks that arise within you. Nourish them reverently. For it is your own priceless wisdom offering to play a more active role in how you live. Grab it, protect it, and don’t let go.
Seize the Spark
Carpe Sparkem (Latin)
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