Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 10 Jan 2010, 12:10 AM – 4 Comments

Photo Courtesy: Laszlo-Photo on Flickr

Typically all it requires is to light the fire is striking a match against a match box.

What happens after that depends on many things.

At one extreme, you can create a forest fire within no time.

On the other extreme, you can just sit and watch until the matchstick burns down and throw whatever remains into the garbage can.

If you are lighting a fire to a cigarette, over a period of time, it will kill you.

If you are lighting a lamp, it will shed the darkness around you.

If you light a candle once, you might be able to create a ripple effect with that candle lighting a thousand other candles.

While it all seems simple, let us look at what is involved:

  1. You should have a burning desire to light the fire.
  2. You need the resources – a match stick and a match box. Or, at least two rocks.
  3. You should know how to light the fire.
  4. You should know where to light the fire.
  5. Lastly, you should take the action to light the fire.
  6. Honestly, the above was not the last step. The last step is whether you like it or not you need to face the consequences (positive or negative) of lighting that fire.

We still have more than 350 days in this year to light those fires.

Do you have the desire to light one and if yes, where are you going to do it?


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4 Comments so far, Add Yours

Steven Diamond  on January 10th, 2010

I intend to light the fire in the personal and business relationships I develop this year. I want to spend more time seeking those who inspire me and who have something of value to contribute to the greater good of the world. Those are the people I want around me when I am burning my candle.

Rajesh Setty  on January 10th, 2010

Steven, that is definitely a good fire to light. Thanks for sharing it.



Ramesh Natarajan  on January 10th, 2010

Very inspiring.

Apart from knowing “how” and “where” to light a fire, it is equally important to “Know when to light the fire”.

Rajesh Setty  on January 10th, 2010


Thank you for your comment. I agree about the “timing.” I left that out because I wanted all of us to “light the fire” NOW. There will always be something we can all do without waiting for the right “timing.”

Then again, when the timing is right, you can light another fire.



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