The hopeful feeling that something great is just around the corner sparks in the back of all of our minds. That fire is fueled by the creative desire that drives us to do what we love. But more often than not, that spark is quelled by the reality of our day-to-day lives. Imagination allows us to light that fire again but reality can be a tropical rain storm when we are desperately hoping for the dry Santa Ana winds to turn that spark into a raging creative inferno.
I was tagged in a Facebook post last night by a friend I have known since I was 5 or 6 years old. Ironically, from his tin boat, he used to deliver words to my dock in the form of the morning newspaper. Now, forty-plus years later, through a tag on social media, he delivered some words to me that really hit home, words I needed to hear.
Success is a funny thing. You can dream of it. You can chase it. You can feel like you can almost touch it, but never do you imagine it could be a mere one step away. He sent me this video of Anthony Bourdain describing the life he was living before that one step closed the gap between his reality and his eventual success.
This video is the wooden match for all of us who have dared to set the kindling for that fire but have second-guessed torching the wood to start the spark. Light it. Bathe in the light from its embers. Those Santa Ana winds could be one step away.