by Marie Chokote
I am sure that if I was to ask you what words first come to mind at the mention of the word 'fire', the list will go something like: burn, bad smells, fear … how about renewal? No, there has to be a mistake right? Renewal sounds like something good, a positive process.
Some research led me to discover that contrary to what I had thought in the past, forest fires contribute to the health of forests. Amongst all the big old trees in the woods, debris made up of leaves, small branches and all sort of things constantly pile up on forest floor. Small natural fires are needed to consume them. Conservation experts suggest that these kinds of fires should not be put out. If that natural process does not occur, or if it is stopped, the debris that continues to accumulate makes the forest more susceptible to larger, more destructive fires that are more difficult to control.
Here is something else that I learned about forest fires: certain trees like the Jack pine REQUIRE a blaze to crack their seeds open to begin the process of rebirth; in other words, they need fire to reproduce. In the middle of the devastation caused by fire, those seeds actually burst out with new life! Think about that : Do you desire to be more productive? Do you want to "reproduce"? To inspire and breath life around you? If the answer is yes, if you are at a point in life ( any aspect of your life) where you feel stuck, as though you are not going anywhere, or you are not moving forward, it might be time to take a hard and honest look to determine where the fire needs to burn away the "deadwood".
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