The Fire That Creates Gold


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

Ferdinand Foch

Last week, while speaking at an event, I delved into the importance of carving out time for inner space, a sanctuary for stoking the ‘fire within.’

In our lives, the ‘fire within’ is symbolic of aliveness, purpose, and spirit.

Neglecting it can lead to burnout, loss of direction, or a sense of being consumed by the demands of daily life.

I can vividly recall a time when the flame inside me was nearly extinguished. Life’s demands, challenges, and the relentless pace had taken a toll and without realising it my mind had turned on me. It’s was the toughest time of my life and I learned the danger of letting my inner fire go out.

In today’s busy distracted world, it is an increasingly common story. About 65% of people are on the edge of burnout.


There are many factors contributing to this scary statistic and one of them is the complete lack of space inside people’s minds. They are hyper-busy and believe that’s the way it has to be.

The concept of making time for inner space isn’t just a philosophical notion; it’s a pragmatic necessity.

Just like a fire needs oxygen to burn brightly, our inner flame requires moments of calm, solitude and reflection.

Consider this: when a fire is tended to regularly, and given the space to breathe…it not only survives but thrives. Too many logs, too little space, can kill the fire. This is what I see when it comes to a mind that is relentlessly busy with thinking.

So, this week, I encourage you to reflect on the state of your inner flame:

  • When was the last time you intentionally made space for yourself?
  • What activities rekindle your passion and sense of purpose?
  • How can you integrate moments of solitude and self-reflection into your routine?

It’s not selfish to nurture your inner flame – it’s the complete opposite. When you have a healthy fire, it makes what you touch turn to gold.

And it sparks life in others.

What better investment is there?


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*The Inner Edge Podcast: Short, bite-sized nuggets designed to give you motivation and plenty of inspirational food for thought. Listen on my website here or on all major podcasting platforms.

This week’s episode, Ep 154: The Inner Edge Of Sleep With Tom Coleman