Fire Up Your Soul

(Read in :02)“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”~ Epictetus

After my last post, a friend sent me a quote and said she thought of me when she saw it. “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Her insight amazed me! We haven’t known each other very long. Despite that, we knew very soon somehow that our souls are mysteriously in harmony. We recognize the “seeker” in each other. And, we both understand the fear that keeps us from moving in the direction of our dreams.

Aren’t people like tuning forks in a way? We recognize our own frequency when we experience the magical, harmonious ping in another person. Over time, some of us develop this ability to the point that it happens almost instantaneously. It can lead very quickly to some fascinating conversations!

Who will help you tend your fire?

Digging a little deeper, I found another quote like it, this one from Rumi, a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet. His reads, “set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames.” I love his words for two reasons. First, I’m always amazed at the antiquity of human emotion. Centuries ago, people had the same feelings as we do today. Beyond that, it serves as a great reminder of the vital importance of surrounding yourself with people that will inspire you to be a better person, provide you with motivation to achieve your goals, encourage you to make the changes you need to succeed and cheer on your success!

Why it matters so much

According to a quote from Jim Rohn in the Huffington Post, You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It goes on to say, “With this in mind, you should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about what you eat and how you’re exercising.”

When you’re searching for your “why” and sincerely striving to become the best possible version of the person you were designed to become, be very choosy about the people you take along on your journey! Cultivate positive connections in your life. Research has shown it’s a huge factor in long-term happiness. Invite positive people into your inner circle! It might be one of the most important choices for happiness you ever make!

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”~ Ferdinand Foch


  • Gail

    There is no doubt in my mind that you are a soul “on fire..”. Thank you for your blogs and wisdom!

  • Grant Newbold

    Oh Betty, this one is great! One of the things I like most about your writing, and also the gift I have of knowing you personally and being able to spend time with you, is how you inspire me to become my best. It brings me back to your blog time and time again and it brings me back to our friendship time and time again. Thanks so much for being you. Doc Newbold.

  • Robin Christen

    Your life-long desire to learn and grow is inspiring. You are an example to everyone around you. I loved getting to know you years ago and am also glad to have “reconnected” many years later. I especially like this blog. The older I become the more important it is to me to be surrounded by positive people. Life is too short to waste on anyone that “brings you down”. Love, love, love the quote “set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames”. I look forward to reading more !!!

    • Betty Streff

      Oh how your kind words warm the heart of this “seasoned citizen” my friend. You are a remarkable woman today and even as a college “girl” you stood head and shoulders above the herd. Many of my friends are retiring. Me? I’m re-wiring!!

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