At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
The best rekindling happens with no planning or expectation. When I’m out of gas, spent and deflated, someone’s kind word, smile, gracious note or thank you makes all the difference. Suddenly I’m reignited and have fuel to spare. The spark plug sparks once again and I’m up and running. I need to remember how this feels so I become the igniter and kindler for others.
It happened twice today as I was hurrying from one patient to another in clinic. A young woman stopped me as I was about to leave the exam room and said “Doctor, I am so grateful you were willing to see me so quickly today. I’ve been concerned about this for weeks, losing sleep with worry and now I feel so reassured it is nothing serious. Thank you!” And one of the nurses in our clinic came by my office and offered to help with any of my patient follow up messages I had not gotten to. In a simple gesture of thoughtfulness, she took some of my work upon herself and lightened my load.
Lit, kindled, ignited, invigorated and illumined. Let the party begin!