Big life changes are often prompted by a “burning desire.” You see, we humans often require a virtual kick in the head to get us going on our path. This path or journey as it’s sometimes called, is necessary so we can learn and grow as part of the human experience.


But what exactly is a burning desire and what does it look like?


First of all, a burning desire is that thing that ignites you, puts a fire in your soul, gets you off your butt, and causes you to start taking concerted action in your life to improve it. This could be looking in the mirror and seeing an overweight and out of shape body and saying to yourself, “It’s time to do something about it.” It could be waking up drunk again, amidst your own vomit, resulting in a job loss or your spouse leaving. It might be shooting up to get high while you live under a bridge, homeless and broke.


In other words, it is your rock bottom. Rock bottom looks different to everyone, so it’s best not to judge just when/if someone else will hit their rock bottom. The key is being aware that you have hit yours and taking that burning desire within you to do something about it. Using that energy to push yourself forward, to push through the pain, to push through the disappointments, whatever it takes – to get your life going in a better direction!


We have all seen examples of this type of burning desire and what it does to the life of the person affected.


But another way to ignite a burning desire is less known. This way is with the influence of another person. Sometimes we meet someone special, such as a soul mate, and we are driven to do things we would not ordinarily do. Wild things. Crazy things. Certifiable crazy things. Yep, that is what a burning desire lit by the passion of another being can do!


Others won’t understand. They will be perplexed. They will wonder: how can that person leave their spouse, quit their ‘good’ job, move, or sell their home? They don’t understand why a person will do whatever is necessary, regardless of cost or difficulty, and even the perception of others.


What has occurred is someone is experiencing a “burning desire” lit by passion.


Why is it important to understand these phenomenon? Simply put, it is for your own growth and understanding.  You will undoubtedly know when you hit your personal rock bottom, but you might not be aware of the affect another could have on you to spur or light a burning desire within you. You also might not be aware that you could be the spark lighting another person’s burning desire.


So be aware, keep your light shining. Serve as an example for others. Take the high road. Do your best. Others are watching. Others are learning. For one of them, you might just be the light which ignites their burning desire!

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