Do You Scintillate?

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” is a great line from Emerson. If there’s no enthusiasm in what you do, it won’t be remarkable and certainly won’t connect with people on an emotional basis. But, if you put that magic energy into all of your work, you can create something that touches people on a deeper level. How can you bring MORE enthusiasm into your work? What do you have to think or believe about your work to be totally excited about it? Answer it now.

(Author: Mars Dorian)


The Fire Within

I’m a day late doing this prompt. I admit, I’ve been picking and choosing the prompts lately only because I feel as though I’m repeating myself a bit too much.

But this particular prompt caught my attention because it is something I hold dear. It’s about passion, enthusiasm, energy – that spark that drives us.

We all have it but too often we don’t honor it. We damper that internal fire rather than allow it to rage like an inferno. We settle. We smolder and eventually if we quash it.

Not a way to live.

There’s a soul shift when we are doing something we love – something that excites our spirit, our creative center, our minds. It’s an amazing feeling – sort of like that second wind you get when running. Oh when that second wind hits, you feel like you could run forever and it is the most spectacular feeling. It doesn’t happen often but when it does – woooosh! It feels like your entire being is scintillating!

It’s at that moment or moments such as these that you feel like you can do anything. That everything is possible. If only we could bottle up that emotion! If only we could maintain it.

I’m always sort of amazed by what I call “low ebb people”. They are the ones who talk in a drone-like voice, who exude absolutely NO energy – no enthusiasm. Their handshake is limp – no power or assertiveness behind it, their eyes lack any sort of sparkle, they are just “there”. Being around that type of person is exhausting and draining. I wonder how they got to that place. Were they always that way? Do they not realize the vibes, the negative energy they are emitting?  I want to shake them, slap them, wake them up from their doldrums and remind them, in the words of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in her book, “My Stroke of Insight”, to “Be responsible for the energy we bring into a room” – into this LIFE we are living. We not only help and inspire others, we help ourselves.

Now look at someone who “glows”- who is effervescent. You know them. They are the people you gravitate to. They have this immense energy field around them that if visible, would positively shoot sparks in all directions. They are high energy and just being in their vicinity buoys your own spirit and creativity.

So, do you scintillate?

How can you get to that point? How, as writers, do we build up that fire within so that it does rage? I know I need to get that energy back. I don’t have it anywhere near the intensity that I used to. I need to get it back and I need to remember to fuel it. It’s a constant process that needs tending to – just as any real fire needs to be fed or it will die out.

So go forth and scintillate, my friends! Sparkle! Dazzle others with your bright and shining souls of loveliness! 🙂





0 thoughts on “Do You Scintillate?

  1. Low ebb people!! That is so brilliant!! I always feel like I can’t figure out what’s up with these peeps when I meet them. Now I have a name for it!!

  2. I think, Tracy, that were you to become a motivational speaker, you would be the only one on this earth that I would listen to. Your spark is infectious, my dear friend. 🙂

  3. I got into a little trouble in life because someone said, “We should bottle this feeling, in pill form!” It’s not always easy to keep your energy pumping, and I feel like I cycle back and forth between being a shiny blinky and being a muddy rock.

  4. Thanks, Brandee. I feel the same about my friends (like you) that I’ve made recently. 🙂 Noel – I couldn’t think of a different term for these people but that is how they appear to me. LOL! I hate labels but these type of people just demand one. I think.
    Onyi – That is a high compliment, thank you! I appreciate it. 🙂
    Matt – No, it’s not easy. I find that anytime I am able to get up north and spend some time in the woods – amongst the trees – I am good for about two weeks in terms of an energy boost. It’s hard to keep it revved and it isn’t always possible to get away for that “injection”. It is definitely a cycle. I think my version of bottling something up is in my writing so that when I am feeling down, I look back at what I wrote when I was in a better frame of mind and it gives me a little bit of a lift.

  5. Low-ebb people is such an on-point term. Everyone has those phases, but people who are like that through and through–that no matter what, they never seem to cough up a little sparkle–oh, they may be lovely but you don’t want to spend time with them. Or not too much time.

    (Although I do admit that my handshake has gone wet-noodley. Navajo people shake hands very delicately and I picked up the habit there, and now I almost never realize that I’ve just clasped a hand until the “shake” is over. That doesn’t work in the rest of the world!)

    It seems like you and your family have had a lot of colds and etc. going on this spring… that can’t be helping your energy very much. But I can always see you glow.

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