I heat my studio with a wood stove. Before I begin working out int the Carriage House Studio there I have to go out and get the fire going to warm up the space. Once the fire is going it needs to be tended or it will eventually just burn out. Tending a wood fire is not the same as setting a thermostat which once done can be forgotten about. The fire must be tended. It requires an on going relationship. This has been powerful and active metaphor in my life through out this long and harsh winter.
There are relationships in my life that can sort of just sputter out if forgotten. These may be relationships with key people in my life or these may be activities that have been an important part of my life that quietly fall away into neglect. Maybe it is just entropy. What ever the reason for the fire going out it will come the time to re ignite the fire and that is an important realization. A call to action, a time to re-invest, kick the engine started and get going again. Is there a fire that is about to go out in your life right now?