Life Is No Brief Candle To Me

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Life is no brief candle to me…

“This is the true joy in life, the being recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege, to do for it whatever I can.

Forward Steps Latest Personal Development ProgrammeI want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no brief candle to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” -George Bernard Shaw

Make The Most Out Of Life

Do you feel motivated in life? Do you look forward to going to work on a Monday; or do you thank your lucky stars and look forward to the weekend when Friday arrives?

It may seem no surprise to you that most people fall in the latter category. They hate their life. They feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled, but still stick to their dead end jobs, just because it gives them a false sense of security.

What they do not realise is that it is a total waste of time and life!

When Life Beckons

Life, as George Bernard Shaw puts it, should not be lived as if it’s a “brief candle” but a splendid torch that you have gotten a hold of.

Life Is No Brief Candle - Forward Steps image 1500px_1Shaw’s view is inspiring indeed, as you feel the very purpose of being alive when you really understand the meaning behind his words.

When you consider life to be a splendid torch that you have been entrusted upon with the responsibility of bearing, to pass on to the next generation, you will know that you are here to fulfil a specific purpose.

It is a must for every human being to realise his or her purpose in life. You weren’t sent here on earth aimlessly. You have been sent here with a specific reason and you should aim to fulfil it.

Don’t waste time and energy wallowing in self pity, complaining about the various problems you face in your everyday life. That is but a part of life itself; obstacles come and go.

No hurdle should be big enough for you if you are a truly passionate human being, who has an undying “can do” attitude.

Fulfil Your True Purpose

It is not necessary to be a great leader or the head honcho of a company to consider yourself as mighty and powerful.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said:

If a person is called to be a street sweeper, they should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music... Click To Tweet

The key is to be true to your trade. Whatever job you find yourself in, do it to the best of your ability, to the point that you aim for no one to be better than you.

However small or big the task is, you must put in your best foot forward and complete the task with enthusiasm and passion.

If you feel that you are stuck in a job and are not able to perform because it is just not your cup of tea, it is time to quit. And… the time is now!

People may call you foolish for quitting without a “back up plan”, yet you have to trust yourself.

If you really feel that your passion lies elsewhere and that is what you have been cut out for, do not waste your time.

Take the first step and make the move. Once you do what you love, it will not seem like a task anymore!

In order to live life to the fullest, you must dig deep within and ask yourself:

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Muster up all the courage that you have and step out of the safety net. There’s a saying that the moment you step out of your “comfort zone”, life in its true sense has begun.

What’s more is that you will be an inspiration to many. When you take risks, with the intention of doing good to yourself and to the people around you, the rewards are bountiful. You may face challenges along the way, but it will be all worth it.

The going will get tough at times, but it will make you a stronger and a better person. You will then realise that you are fulfilling your true purpose and will be thoroughly worn out, before being thrown out as scrap!

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Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (

Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (

Since March 2003, I've been sharing practical, positive, thought provoking and inspiring self improvement content online. My aim is simple - to offer tips and resources that help us enhance our daily experience of life and to keep stepping forward. Perth, Western Australia is the place I call home and I'm the author of "Time For My Life: 365 Stepping Stones". You might also know me from the Forward Steps personal development blog and the daily series of "365 Forward Steps Notes", all designed to add wings to our unique life journeys.

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