To Build a Fire

The original word for breath was “inspire”, to breathe in.. But that breath
must be released to allow for another so that life might continue. It
all seems so very simple, doesn’t it? So what, you might ask,
does this have to do with all this talk about quest-ions?

When we breathe in, we are inspired, we have captured the spark
that allows all of life to be and to grow. When we exhale, we share that
breath with the world that surrounds us. Does that spark we breathe
bring it the inspiration it needs to grow?

Does it bring that spark of inner fire, that light and warmth it needs
to get on with all this getting on? If your questing brings a better life
to only one other, than you will know, deep within your soul,
that your quest has more than met its goal.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/18/2021

Note: I very recently reread the entire Jean M. Auels Children Of The Earth series, which begins with the title Clan of the Cave Bear. Am so glad I did. When I put up today’s quote, my mind immediately began serving up images from those wonderful stories, filled with the adventures of a woman who is constantly questing, and questioning.

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3 Responses to To Build a Fire

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    How wonderful, to have immersed yourself in that series. I have not read it as I read mostly memoir now. But it does look fascinating and a series you could immerse yourself in completely. I am without any inspiration (barely RESPIRATION this morning, cackle) so am going to refer back to a writing exercise you gave me one time that worked amazingly.


  2. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you, Sherry. The series is one of the best I’ve ever read and it reads very much like a memoir, written by a third party ( perhaps a close friend who was there and just had to write it all down?) What I like most about it is that it is the story of the woman who accidentally discovers how to start a fire by rubbing two different stones together to create a spark and changes the history of the entire human race. While on another level it also shows that things haven’t changed much on other levels..



  3. KT Workman says:

    I read that series many years ago, and it has stayed with me all these years. I still have the books….may have to reread them.


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