Spark by Irreplaceable Spark

The other day, my dad texted my sister and I this quote from Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged. I read it once, thought it was nice and moved on. It kept getting to me, though, as a couple days passed. One line stuck with me: "spark by irreplaceable spark." I went back to the quote, read it a couple more times and it was one of those things that just really hit me. It settled down in my mind and soul as I realized how much I needed that quote and how much it applied to my life at the moment.

You have a fire within you, it is who you are, it defines you. You have a fire in your soul for something, some passion, something you desire. Do not let that fire go out. Life is tough. You will be so close to getting something you want, you will be told to wait, you may not get it at all. You will be frustrated, you will want to quit, everything that is who you are may seem to fade away. You may lose sight of who you are and who you want to be. But have faith that your dreams can come true. Those passions you have, those things you want - you can have them. Don't let the "no's," the bad of the world, mar your perception of what you are capable of. The first part of the quote says "In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads." Each spark of that fire within you is irreplaceable. It is the very essence of your being. Don't lose those sparks. 

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