Let's Talk—This Is Why You Must Never Let The Fire In You Burn Out!

in life •  2 months ago

Don't ever let the fire inside you burn out! A friend said this to me after listening to the story of my comeback in the aftermath of my accident. Somehow in the past few months I was able to turn things around inspite of an on-going minor disability.



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Given my circumstances I was able to push through and continue working on the path to a better future for myself. It's incredible how you can achieve what you want through sheer determination, focus and consistency in your approach. My journey on and off Steemit is inspiring said another friend. It's no big deal and anyone can do it I replied.

Sometimes listening to somebody's life experiences and learning from these experiences can leave you feeling inspired, motivated and ready to take on the world. That's all you need sometimes to push you to work towards your goals as life often gets you side tracked.

During these months of recovery I remembered the first time I read an autobiography. It was, "Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam." He was the former President of India.

He started out as a young lad who made ends meet selling newspapers during his school days to support his family. He rose from his personal and professional struggles to become modern India's most well known scientist and cherished leader. During his career at ISRO and DRDO he lead the Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs. His work in the defence sector became household names in India.

He overcame several hardships including social inequality growing up but that was never a deterrent to this success. He faced them head-on as he undertook his journey to put India on the map. Today ISRO is one of the most respected organisations in it's domain.

It was early 2001 and I was closing in on 13 years of age. I had bought this book at a local book fair and read it twice in the same year. I thought it was incredible that someone who started from absolutely nothing could rise up the ranks in life.

The words in this book resonated with my thoughts as it taught me that with perseverance you can overcome adversity, with patience you can shed your weaknesses, and with self-confidence and faith in your abilities you can take on this world.

At the time, I was young and unaware of the fact that the world is full of such incredible stories, and that someday I might inspire a handful of friends and acquaintances with a few words of encouragement and experiences of my own. Channel some of my positive energy back into the world that has given me great many experiences and opportunities to succeed.

There are several men and women who have braved the worst this world has to offer and yet made an impact so positive through their hard work and actions that they will be remembered forever for their contributions.

"I was so focused and so driven, there was this fire inside of me that was burning so brightly." ―Kyle Shewfelt

Today as I sit and type this from a hotel room couple of thousand miles from home, I find myself looking back at these past few months where I:

  1. Came back from a deadly accident.
  2. Worked harder than ever before on Steemit.
  3. Donated a large portion of my income to charitable causes in my country.
  4. Subsidise someone's travel cost to SteemFest 2017 when just a year is ago I had applied for reimbursement to travel to SF2016.
  5. Meet some incredible people and make new connections.
  6. Achieve certain financial goals.
  7. Work on improving my physical and mental health.

I write this to remind myself that I can overcome the struggles of life and to tell you that you can never stop if you hit a roadblock in yours. Seek help if you hit a low point and help others come up when you elevate yourself from the depths!

These lines are in my head, 8 years after I first read them in Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged" back in 2009. It still feels so timeless and apt for this post, decades after it was originally published.

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Life should be anything but an opportunity wasted. If you have any dreams or desires, then you must do everything in your power to achieve them. There's fire inside everyone of us, use it to change the world around you and never let it fizzle out!


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Inspiration can be found in many places. Even if we only inspire one person to a better future, we have accomplished greatness. You are doing a great deal of inspiring here @firepower! Yours is a very encouraging story.

I hope that Steemfest 2 is wonderful to you and everyone who makes it to such a wonderful gathering! I'm planning to get my passport in order so I can be there for Steemfest 3 next year! haha

Keep Steeming!!

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Hey Mike, thanks for the words of encouragement buddy. Hope to see you in next SteemFest, get that passport sorted out before Steemfest 3. Cheers!

@firepower STOP SPAMMING AND STOP FLAGGING ME! For the evidence that @firepower is spammer please read my post https://steemit.com/steemit/@nationalpark/observation-and-analysis-firepower-of-spamming

Furthermore, he threatened me publicly on the blockchain:

He and s4s downvoted me 17 times:

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I'm going to flag you till you rep goes down to zero! Have fun writing shit about me when you get there asshole!

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This is threatening and unreasonable. It is a shame of you to say these words as a respected supporter and contributor to steemit. Well, I am new to steemit and I do not excactly know what you used to contribute, but now I am only seeing you contributing dirty words and violence to the community again and again. At least, Mr. @nationalpark has been polite all the time. Why don't you just fight back with the fact that you are not a spammer? Don't you have any weapons than dirty words and threatening? The blockchain is recording every single word from you. What if your children see these words in the future?

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I totally agree that i've been very rude but not without reason. His claims are BS and steemcleaners have responded to his claims as well. Yet he continues to slander me because he's afraid to own up to his own mistakes but mostly that he's on a witch hunt. I dont need to take his BS or anyone else's on this matter anymore. If he stops slandering me I will stop my flagging else it'll continue till he and everyone else gets bored with his unnecessary witch hunting. I should have been calmer indeed and I tried to reason with him on Steemit.Chat when he approached me yesterday but im done wasting my time with him as he has continuously attacked me with multiple accounts. I'm known for my calm demeanor as well as my disregard for any BS behaviour towards me. I've fought real spammers and will continue to do so. Here's some proof of his most recent behaviour and the fact that he admits what he really is! If this is the kind of behaviour you want to support then it's just disappointing but not in the least bit surprising to me and I've seen it all here. Let this image, a proof of his admission of guilt stay on the blockchain permanently as well.

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Who is steemlover?
What you want to prove with this screenshot?
I can prove you spammed Steemit, you and s4s downvoted me repeatedly, you harassed me, you threatened me.
What you can prove? What you try to prove with this screenshot?

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You have been permanently banned from Steemit.Chat and any new sock puppet accounts that you create to perpetuate any hate and threats towards me or any member of the moderation team will be dealt with accordingly.

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Let me tell you again, I do not know who is steemlover.
Also I want to tell you, I will write an article about the dictatorship and censorship of steemit.chat.
Thank you for providing the evidence for my new article. Thanks!

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Thanks for your reply. I have never said that I am supporting Mr. @nationalpark. You have much higher reputation and more SP than him. Am I too stupid to be aware of what it means on steem? I was just disappointed with your dirty and threatening words and your violence. Now it is good that you are calmed down. I would like to see what the fact exactly is. I think I will learn a lot from you two guys about what spam exactly is and know what I can do or cannot do on steem.

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Follow the @steemcleaners project to learn more about what classifies as spam and what doesnt around here. Perhaps I shouldnt have lost my cool and he shouldnt have slandered and threatened me either. Anyways, I have nothing more to add here and would prefer not to be bothered with this anymore. I have a lot of community work that I handle everyday than deal with some BS claims. Always a good idea to keep one's calm. We both can agree there I suppose. Cheers man!

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The person you mentioned is greatest person ever seen because he leaned to lot of people's that if you make mind and do hard work then you can do anything. Sometime we want to do lots of thing s but we not have that kida in so we have to give some fires inside to start it. Great Post Again and salute to always Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Thank you for such an inspirational post.

I've decided to move abroad next year, not sure where yet though. I have had a fire in my heart to do this all of my life but, never had the opportunity until now. Feeeling slightly nervous about it but, I need to do it, before it's too late as, who knows how long I am here for.

Reading this post has inspired me to push harder for this and enjoy a new life, wherever that may be.

The fire is enough to get me there and I'm sure new friends along the way will keep that fire burning.

First of all, I'm glad that you referenced Atlas Shrugged, it's an excellent read. Ayn Rand gets a bad rap. Of course not all leaders of industry (or perhaps very few) are so virtuous as the characters in her book, so it speaks about a small niche, when so many bad examples abound.

It can be difficult to find the right things to focus our energy on. Societies seem designed to keep people busy working on basic necessities, instead of on the challenges which inspire us and make the world a better place. When not enslaved by the whims of one of the structures of power and dominance, many seek solace in entertainment.

It's far better to be "entertained" by something that offers financial reward, and also makes the world a better place.

Personally, I chose to live with nothing, rather than to "buy in" to a world view that doesn't serve the people who serve it. I've spent many years experimenting with ways to live outside of the expectations of others, and to live somehow in a way that feels good to me. I am very grateful to finally have found a community where all of my various skills and talents have a place, and are finding appreciation.

Physical limitations aside, I shall Steem On!

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A M A Z I N G!!

'Wings of fire' is my favorite book. A big fan of APJ Abdul Kalam.

Nice post again. Motivational and thoughtful. More Power and Fire to you :)

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Thank you so much for your support.

Have you ever thought, that that fire was sparked inside you from reading Wings on Fire , Your fire burned gently keeping you going but when lifes obstacles stand in your way, that fire began to build and burn brightly to give you the determination and drive to overcome your obstacles-
Now think this, roles reversed- you may find that someone is reading this or reading any of your writings as you did when you were a young boy& a fire begins to burn inside them. Take inspiration and determination from that too. Well done

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Wow! you got me thinking. What you said is true and I'm glad that am inspiring someone somewhere. Thanks a lot.

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I took inspiration from it and I'm sure I was not the only one. Keep that fire burning and don't let anybody hose you down because we have people in this world that prefer the suffering rather than seeing happiness and enjoyment.

YES, I like your work .

And that is why I resteem

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Thanks a lot.

Such a Powerful Post! This Year Has Been a Difficult Challenge Myself Being Super Fit and Strong and Having to Have Spinal Surgery. Mental Challenge More Than a Physical One for Sure.. Keep Up the Good Work!

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it takes courage to rise from severe surgery , keep on going strong and look ahead with a cheerful heart

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Affirmation "My Body is Continually Healing Itself, Thus Each Day I Wake Up Healthier and Stronger Than the Day Before"

Each of us has an impressive inner power, we must have the motivation and the power to fulfill our dreams. I really liked this sentence "If you have any dreams or desires, then you must do everything in your power to achieve them."

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I believe in those words. :)

I really love your attitude and your positive outlook on life. Keep shining!

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Thank you.

thank you for this inspiring article my friend! this is my belief as well:) I post frequently about not giving up and staying focused .. I have a dream and I won't stop fighting until I get there. thank you again for this!

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Glad to know that I could inspire you. You're most welcome buddy.

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thank you so much man you've definitely inspired me more then once lol

Left me feeling inspired, motivated and ready to take on the world!

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I'm glad. Thank you.

Very inspirational. Agree "don't ever let the fire inside you burn out". Hard time are actually the opportunities given to us to rediscover our true potential and make ourself stronger. That's the only way to win. Wish you speedy recovery.

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Thank you so much.

great posting, thank you so much

Nice post .. thank for sharing !

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You're most welcome.

I've advertised you in my last travel post. Never a bad idea to remind people to keep their spirits high. Especially with the alt situation right now.

I used your picture, but I can edit if you want!

Cheers!

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That's alright. Thank you for mentioning me in your post. Cheers! :)

I have read your post ... I have ant skin. I'm happy that you're back with a terrible deadly crash. I know how scary it is. 8 years ago, I also survived a terrible car accident. Let us not know in real life, I wish you happiness, let your health be strong, let all your loved ones and your relatives always be with you. Let your guardian angel always protect you. Best regards, your reader is Sokoloffa.

Very inspiring for others to go for their dreams and desires and overcome personal obstacles. Thanks for sharing your story.

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You're most welcome.

I believe everything happens for a reason, and we don't get the chance to touch the lives of each other by accident. At times, free will and fate collide.


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I agree with you.

It was awesome to know a little bit more about You that I have never heard about it before. Thank You for sharing that with us and keep up with the amazing job You do here in the community.

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Thank you, for all your support.

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You're welcome it is my pleasure. It is more than deserved.

APJ Abdul kalam,what a personality he is ,salute to him for denying NASA just because to serve the nation as in ISRO. Even his last breath was in IIM delivering speech to the students.
Yes I have seen those screws which you posted on FB, hope you are all good now and ready for some bike racing :-)

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I agree with you APJ Abdul Kalam was a great personality. No buddy, not yet ready for the bike waiting to heal completely.

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Get well soon bhai,waiting to see some pics related to your passion for bikes.

Amazing post! :)

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Thank you. :)

I love your post..resteemed

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I have had great difficulties in my life too, but there seems to indeed be a hidden power deep within that can get you through anything and one more thing, and as the saying goes: "That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

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Thank you very much.

Let it burn, everyday, every moment, and do it with passion !

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Totally! Cheers!!

Very nice post
You right, we never let the fire in ourself burn out

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So, true. Thank you.

This was exactly the perfect post for me to stumble upon this morning!

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Thank you. I'm glad.

Thanks for that post! That's interesting and motivative!
Thanks for sharing good vibes with us! :)

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You are most welcome. :)

Excellent work

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Thank you.

very nice post my friends love it very much

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Thank you so much.

Keep at it man, stay strong! Cheers!

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Thanks a lot buddy. :)

you truly are inspiring . thanks for the post!

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You're welcome.

Very inspirational. I finally decided to get a lot more proactive about my life as well.

APJ Abdul Kalam was a resilient and an extremely life affirming person. The little sources of light and inspiration that we find in this world should be held on to. Let the fire never fade!

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Thanks for sharing this. I really needed this. Lately, I've been feeling a bit lost and "questioning" a lot about my life. Goes beyond simply the "what's my purpose" .. but I sometimes wonder if where I currently live and what I do is right for me or not? It's those difficult life questions we must answer and such.

This is very good articel.. Thanks for sharing @firepower

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You're most welcome.

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thanks @firepower, I like to read your articel.

Its kinda refreshing to see there are similar situation out there. I too have experience many setbacks. Firstly also having a car accident and been paralysed for 3 years and been told i will never walk again. But through that commitment and determination inside myself i starting walking. It is your will of want and desire deep within ourselves never to be what they say it will be. Stay strong and motivated

good post @firepower..
i like this post..👍👍

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Thanks Man! :)

how nicely you described all thing and specially you didn't allow them to stop in success.there are lots of people who are so inspire person some are we dont know but the example you gave is best person and by him lot of people inspired.one point i like in this your post is you keeping saying alive that fire because without it you didnt get self confidence, if we want to achieve something then we must have to fire of it inside which help lot..

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Amazing post,but i am affrid this fire.

Great post from a great steemian's who has achieved this position only for his strong determination and dedication. Friend,your life is inspiration to us, I have come to know lot more about you, thanks for sharing such a valuable message to the people like me who has wanted be successful in life. Yes friend we all have fire in us, thanks for putting up it with your great belief and assurance .wish you good luck good health and happiness in every walk of life, we are proud of you as an Indian. Namaste.Resteem it.

Good posting you

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Thank you. :)

I am new to cryto world, still have 0 bitcoin, but I have the fire!

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Seriously, every thing I tried still dont have the minimum payout, so 0 bitcoin, started 2 weeks ago anyway. I am trying to do it with zero investment of my money, that's hard, and slow.

Thank you for this uplifting post. I needed that. I will strive to keep the fire burning.

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You're most welcome. :)

Such an inspiring post... but to light up some fire, unfortunately sometime something must happen first..

Today it became clear to me why you are named firepower. 😊
May the world you desire always be yours!
More firepower to you, @firepower!

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Thanks a lot! :)

Such an empowering tale of success through persistence and sheer willpower! Thank you for sharing your insights on life and the many challenges we face on the path toward achieving our dreams. There have been several times in the past when I've gotten discouraged while working on a new project and I just let my fire die out without giving that new project a fair shot at success. I think the same principle applies here on Steemit, a lot of new users like myself have a tendency to turn it into a numbers game instead of continuing to passionately pursue what we're interested in and write good content without an expectation to try to blow up right away. Right now I'm still trying to figure out all the ins and outs of this new platform, but I am determined to stay active and put out quality content that people like you will hopefully appreciate. :) Thank you again!!

very nice post my friends love it very much

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Thank you.

the very reason why i said to myself each morning "dont ever let lives struggle weigh you down" Nice post @firepower. very inspiring an uplifting. please follow me and upvote my posts to. looking forward to seeing more from you.

Very nice advices and tips. so helpful.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - her first literary success and the groundbreaking philosophy Objectivism, widely acclaimed. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and learn that in the end, the ultimate winner is the mastermind behind the curtains, in the shadow.

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Excellent post @firepower, thanks for sharing with us, much appreciated. The older we get, the more matches are required, but.. the fire is still going! LOL

Have a great night :-)

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Thanks, buddy. You too have a good night. :)

@firepower i read full post and one thing i noticed and that is will power and you have it more than 100%. Your achievement is witness for it. I also facing the ankle broken pain since 10 days and have to face 25 days more as per dr. said. Hope as recovered yourself i will be also. Good bless you!

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Thank you for your support. Hope you're feeling better now. Get well soon buddy.

You are indeed FIRE, such a positive personality. 😊👍

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Thank you so very much. :)

Well done
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Beautiful post

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Thank you.

Awesome article! my only challenge is that for most periods the blazing fire 🔥🔥🔥 seems unsustainable, you are pumped up after reading such great articles like this and after a week you find yourself in that low state again. @firepower how do we overcome this vicious cycle??

Nice post again

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we are at our best during our worst time , always have an attitude that is un broken and keep your head up. as long as the fire within keeps on burning we will always rise no matter the fall

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Your post is very inspiring, it shows that hard work pays off.

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Yes, it does. :)

I have been following u for a long time, I knew about your accident and I remember your post that was recorded in my cerebellum, I don´t know when I lost in the big ocean of steemit and I didn´t see your blog, between many encounters with myself and different adversities I met the great @inquiringtimes, who began to cheer me up and despite my great difficulty with English he became a light in my path, I started to deal with my own demons, my past, and my desire to arise in a hostile environment !! I don´t spend 4 hours of sleep when I get up to fight for my independence for my freedom to do what makes me happy !! I found that I didn´t care about my situation when I made Art or post for Steemit, I remembered the words of a great friend ... and remember " It doesn´t matter if your house it´s made with paper do what makes you smile" I have found so many people who have given me amazing support in Steemit I try to be better every day... for a moment I felt the utopia when I arrived at your blog to look for the free ticket for the steemfest ... OMG!! @firepower what I just read is incredible!! I wish you the best of the world my friend you´re my inspiration.

Thank you :)

Beautiful. That's correct. You may need a break because you feel tired...but it doesn't mean you have to stop. Determination, ambition and hope. You need all this. This place is perfect for me. Why? As you said, listening to others life experiences,it is inspiring.

It takes a lot to come back from accidents and illness, I am glad you are improving all the time.
Off the topic of this I did not want to ask on the other thread, but are you also a witness? I ask because so far I have only voted for 9 witnesses.
I know you do a lot for steemit, and I for one appreciate it. As I am sure all the new users you welcome to steemit appreciate it.

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Hi. Thanks.

I'm not currently running a witness but I've been asked this a lot off late. I might consider running one soon perhaps. I've been hard pressed for time owing to a large number of responsibilities that I am currently shouldering. But thank you very much for your consideration. :)

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You have a lot on your plate, I understand that, if you do decide to be one let me know. You will definitely get my vote as one. We need more people like @timcliff as witnesses and I think you would be as great as him as a witness.

Reading inspirational stories are good, it kind of boost your moral.

Great article, @firepower! And great username, as well! I have upvoted, resteemed and followed you now. I found you because of the callout by @samstonehill as a person who helped him during his recent hacker attack. Looking forward to reading more of your inspiring and encouraging words. Cheers!

I like your post. Very inspiring. I'm happy for you to see what you did. You can't control what happens to you but you can control how you react to it and what you take out of everything that happens to you. Every event is an oportunity. You just have to grab it and turn the things to the positive. Thanks for your post and do good in your life around you. Love is always stronger than anything and will come back bigger than you expect! Thanks for dropping by on my first post and commenting it. I appreciate!
Peace!

A very nice inspirational story. I've been inspired by your personal experience after all those tough circumstances you still make it through. I'm a big fan of your blogs sir. Kindly read my introduction please if you can spare some time @firepower .https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@dim07/hi-steemit-im-nadim-pleasure-to-meet-you-all-please-spare-some-time-to-read-my-introduction

Thank you @firepower for this. This is the first year I have ever had to deal with illness that affected my life and I can say if you can get through that you can get through anything. It is amazing to look back and see what you have gone through but also the appreciation you have for things you might have taken for granted. Mahalo!

Good comeback bro👍👍

That's the trick, the ways of the world will always try and crush a person's dreams but what counts is rising above it all and pushing yourself to never give up hope, never stop believing and dream always.

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we have to see beyond our circumstances and have the courage to rise again no matter the situation, life is a journey