Sparks are fascinating, don’t you think? They are there in one moment and gone the other, just lighting up quickly, in a way leaving a little trace and for sure leaving some kind of impression in the person that witnesses it.
Now, I wonder, does it need a bunch of sparks to leave a mark or is one enough?
Think about it.
Would one spark make you go wow? Can one spark light a fire?
Maybe, right? If the conditions are right. But if you want to be sure, it needs that flow of sparks to light this fire. It needs more for us to truly realize what’s going on. It needs continuation.
I guess it’s the same in regards to the sparks inside of us. The ones that start the light, the ones that make us do something, the ones that touch people. The ones that start a “fire”.
I recently had the honor of talking about someone really special in front of a group of people. One of the things that I constantly had in mind was the spark this person carried inside of him. Always, for as long as I knew him, even to the very end. It was always there and it was contagious. It was not just a single spark, it was a continuous flow of sparks. He could really light a “fire”. He had it burning inside of him too.
While I was talking and especially afterwards I wondered if that spark was able to really spread. Can we truly pass it on? Are people capable to carry on someone else’s spark?
Although I would love the idea that we can kind of pass a spark on to someone else, just like in the picture above, I doubt it really happens. It’s not something you can grab. It’s not something you can simply keep. As I said before: A spark lights up but then it’s gone right away. It needs a continuous flow in order to keep it all up. So we either manage to spread the fire in a big way or we find a way to make that spark jump over and create a continuous flow of new little sparks.
And now I wonder if you can still follow my thoughts… Aaanyyyywayyyyyy….
I think, what we can do is simply lighting a new one. Getting a person excited about something and carry that excitement, that spark on. We can light a fire in someone and see it spread, just like a fire in the wild. We can hope that we manage to pass that ability on, that for those people it will be important enough too to leave a little mark and what was truly important for us will be carried on.
Some people carry that spark. Some people have the ability to light fires in others. They can light that fire in everyone. What they need though is people who don’t just extinguish that fire in the end. That they’re willing to at least try to get that spark to jump over to someone else.
So in that sense one single spark can light a fire if it’s lucky to find the right surface. But it’s for sure much more efficient if there are many sparks. If something is truly important to us we need to make sure that we are able to create a constant flow of sparks. So they can spread out and reach as many as possible.
I think in he case of the person I talked about: He truly managed. Now it’s up to all of the people involved to make sure the fire keeps going.