Sunday’s Wisdom #207: A Single Spark

“I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”
– from “Fight Song,” by Rachel Platten

Something so very small, even just a flicker of light and warmth, can become so much more, so very fast.

It’s a remarkable thing.

As I understand the entire song in general, it’s about taking what you have, however little it is, and making something of it, no matter the naysayers and unbelievers. An inspiring message, I think, and this is my favorite line about it.

A single match, a single light, small and transient in the darkness. It’s not impressive on it’s own. It does not seem at all noteworthy or even worth noticing, one might think. It’s just there and gone, and doesn’t provide much in the way of illumination, not even relative to how shortly it burns out. And yet, it is still a flame, however small, and it does shed both light and heat.

Depending on how it is used, it could give life to a candle that can last for hours, or a lantern that can be seen for miles from atop a lighthouse, or kindle a stove, a hearth, a campfire for food and warmth in the winter, or ignite a great bonfire around which people dance, or a forge that is used to craft humanity’s tools, or give life to a brush fire that consumes all in its path.

There is no blaze which has ever burned that did not begin with a single spark. Not even the stars themselves.

So who’s to say that your small, humble light cannot become anything more? 😉

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