In order to give off light, you’ve got to burn

What is to give light must endure burning – Viktor Frankl

(I took this shot from the helicopter in So Cal. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen)

When you “can’t” have what you want more than anything, a deep craving develops. In love, your heart may ache because of unreturned affection. In limiting one’s consumption, you may desire an off limit food, car, thing, so badly that you get physically mad, churning, clenched fists and stomping feet. Like a 5 year old who is denied a toy, we become focused on one thing so much so that the whole world disappears for a minute and our focus is like a laser beam of fire.


Keep doing it.

You are worked up.

You are tense with anger.

I enjoy seeing you like this.

What the hell am I talking about? For a lot of us, the only time we really get fired up is when we are not given what we think we need/deserve/want/crave/must-have-no-matter-what. Kinda sad when you think about it like that, right? Other people, external circumstances, family, relationships, money, blah blah blah, can grate on us to the point of crazy rage!

Here’s the beautiful juxtaposition of our minds… they are capable of caring about whatever we tell them to care about. Obsess over someone else’s “stupid” decision, cry about someone deciding they don’t want to devote their time and energy to you, or spend time tearing others down while you sit on your couch, fuming that someone else is finding success… The amount of energy we spend on caring about these sorts of things is STAGGERING. What I love about all of this is that WE ARE CAPABLE OF CARING THIS MUCH.

Consider this fact: Nothing matters to us until we assign it a meaning.

Read gossip magazines? First off, I am sorry… but secondly, you have just assigned meaning to the content. Put time and energy into your work? Fantastic! You just gave the work meaning in your mind and put its importance in front of other less productive activities. Get up and get active? You guessed it, you are rockin’ the meaning of valuing your body and the yummy energy attached to the feeling of being alive.

What if we had that same burning passion, desire and craving for the things that we choose to invite in, rather than the things that are in the control of someone else or a situation out of our control? What if we consciously decided to, for ONE hour, one DAY, heck, ONE moment, FOCUS on the things that bring us the most delicious value, success, pride, love, fulfillment? What if we stopped for a moment getting fuming mad about the things that are out of our control, and instead lit our passions on FIRE.

If you have read this far, you want to succeed. You want to kill it when it comes to being the person you have always craved being. We all have the moments where attention slips and we let external situations burn under our skin. Try this: Just think of all the time that is wasted on talking about how others should change, how we deserve so much more than we were given, how other people should be doing things your way. SHUT UP.

That’s right… I need to do it too. I have been trying this lately, and let me tell you- it is working.

Let’s set our own lives on fire and allow them to start generating light. They will be flashy and bright and oh-so-HOT. They will be ever-changing and gorgeous, yet they will always have the potential to burn out, if left un-stoked and the oxygen is taken away. That’s right, we are going to burn. We will fly planes, and create new business, we will fall in love and invent things other’s have never even dreamt of, we will change the world and we will shock the hell out of those around us. And maybe, just maybe, they will see the light and be inspired to ignite their own flame.

Let’s go back to where we started,

What is to give light must endure burning – Viktor Frankl

Are you willing to burn in order to give off light?


18 thoughts on “In order to give off light, you’ve got to burn

  1. You are very meticulous in your observations and responding expressions of them. It was very passionate and you are a great role model for young girls an even the boys. Thanks for your considerations.

  2. Thanks for this post. This provides good motivation for people to make a difference. Keep the fire burning, even though people around you will try to put it out. Anger, frustration, the drive to make things better, and knowing that I’m a thorn in somebody’s side keeps my CDI centered.

  3. Your concluding question is one that, truly spotlights the lives of many of us, especially me. We all feel passions that burn deeply within us…….but too often, fear letting them exude from us. Is it a fear of burning, or being burned? But those passions are what stir me most! Why bridle them? Am I willing to burn in order to give off light? You’ve inspired me to kindle my flames……..with my career, my wife, my children, my grandchildren. Get your sunglasses out………you may need them! 😉 You continue to torch solar flares with your followers. Another terric blog Amelia!

  4. Amelia, you point out something really good- we are all made to care deeply – to love deeply- care about the work we do and the people we love. But as we gather the courage to burn, we must also keep ourselves in check, so that we don’t become dis-ordered in our passion or love. Death row is full of people who are passionate and love something. Their passions and love went astray. I love to fly. But the love I have for those I take places is far greater. Keep going Amelia, and know that we are all flying with you. There are no superstars in sports or movies or business that don’t have passion- but we must not let it rule us. Our hearts can go astray, so we must lead them. In the 80’s there was a Christian rock band called Servant, and they had a song called Courage to Burn. “…I want my whole world to know. This fear has been washed in the fire.” Here is a link- enjoy.

  5. “Come on baby light my fire.” (Funny, going there to grab attention for a fiery read, it worked.) This was the first thing I read this morning “In order to give off light, you’ve got to burn.” It’s been a month and I haven’t even opened the package you mailed me, yet. (I have started a new company in the past month however 🙂 I’m making stuff happen!) It’s fire in a box, and I look forward to opening it up. Thank you, Amelia Rose Earhart for the great inspirational read this Saturday AM.
    “Give passion, fire, and value to ONLY the parts of your life that bring satisfaction and joy.” ~ Wow, what a way to live.
    Great post

  6. Amelia! The stuff you write should be everyones breakfeast.
    Just like staying fit for life, it starts in the mind first.
    Good stuff for the mind is so important.
    Please!! keep writing.

  7. Hi, Amelia. When are you going to start your earthround trip? Can we will be able to follow you throuhg This link is really amazing, now I´m following earthrounder Matevz Lenarcic from Slovenia in his ultra light airplane Pipistrel Virus 914. He is travelling alone, he just reached Antarctica, Eastern Island, now he is in Tahiti about to take off towards Cook Islands then proceed to Auckland , New Zealand, as you see he´’s going westerly bound.
    I would like you use to monitor your amazing flight. Technology nowadays is unbelievable.

  8. Good day Amelia,
    I’m intrigued by your writing. You mention that “the beautiful juxtaposition of our minds…[is that] they are capable of caring about whatever we tell them to care about.” This makes me wonder about cognitive dissonance. As a human being, can we really make our mind tell it care about something/someone? Especially in love–well, that’s another topic…just what is love–but how can one do that? How can a human train his/her mind to care about something? I wonder if human realities overshadow that ideology. But nonetheless, it’s quite intriguing…. Keep up the great writing!

  9. Such wise words … from such a young mind

    ” À vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire ” 🙂

    From a “young ” Canadian mind & “aviateur ” who flies a Piper Cherokee PA-28 all over the Appalachians, instead of the Rockies in a Cirrus


  10. Amelia,

    Tried to find a “contact” link on your blog, and didn’t, so…I am a CFII/AGI currently teaching in a career center (in Michigan) for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in future post-secondary education/careers in aviation. The program is a year long, and is a survey of the entire industry, aimed at developing a solid knowledge based foundation. The students earn college credit for the class, and many of our graduates are pursuing their bachelor’s of Aviation Flight Science at Western Michigan University. Your messages about flying, but moreso about life in general, are very inspiring and might have an impact on our students. You clearly do a lot of flying, and if you’ll be in Michigan, please let me know if you might be able to visit (the airport in our “backyard” so to speak, has a 10,000 ft runway with an ILS) and do some motivational speaking. Thanks so much, I look forward to hearing from you.

  11. My alarm(s) began at 0237. Then 0247 I am up. I don’t have to be at work until 0800, but I carpool and get there at 0700 (or just past). I like the time to start my day without the hectic gotta hurry & scurry. Time to be creative, in thought or just enjoy my coffee.

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