“Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Here is a more complete context for that quote:
“But denunciatory rhetoric is so much easier and cheaper than good works, and proves a popular temptation. Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.”
The second, more inclusive quote seems particularly apt given the state of modern day discourse. Perhaps rhetoric remains much the same since Mr. Watkinson’s heartfelt injunction in 1907. The difference is we now have methods of spreading and repeating ‘denunciatory rhetoric’ at an alarming rate.
No matter, really, for those who practice the candle lighting business. We press on, finding and sharing stories intended to reverse or at least blunt effects of so much cursing. With that in mind, let’s get to this week’s Series of Fortunate Happenings.
Light a Candle to Melt Hearts
May none of us ever become too jaded to hear a good old fashioned love story every once in a while. This gem about Lucinda and Murphy finding love later in life reminds us everyone has something to offer. We need only have faith and keep our eyes open (and maybe be bold when the right moment arrives). Never count someone out because of the number of candles lighting his or her last birthday cake.
Light a Candle with a Good Turn Daily
The Boy Scouts of America got this right. Performing an act of kindness (i.e. good deed) for someone heaps benefits back on you, the giver. Crazy, right? Apparently not so much.
Reach back in memory for the last time you went out of your way to show kindness to someone, planned or impromptu (i.e. surprise party, holding the door for someone, paying it forward, etc.). Or, watch some of these stories and see how others did it (inspiration everywhere). Then try it, daily.
Light a Candle – Family Style
This article catches the eye for two reasons: 1) overuse or dependency on gadgets and 2) importance of getting physical and outdoors. Common sense – the thing we used before waiting on spoon feeding experts – underlies the suggestions. Not everyone has an abundance of common sense. Maybe these tips help. This article emphasizes family activities, but don’t let that stop you. Grab a friend and go.
RhymeLovingWriter is partial to #3 on the list (it’s why this site exists) and hopes to have more new treasure hunts available soon. Check out those already available here to get an idea of future offerings.
The wax was warm and shaped to form
The wick, it ran the length
A scent so fair to waft the air,
renewing every strength;
but most of all, a flame glowed tall
when match struck full the light.
Then fade of dark, from this one spark,
dispelled the gloom of night.
Candles abound in shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Burn times vary, but light is the beautiful by-product that brings hope in the darkest moment and to the darkest corners.
How do you light your little corner of the world? Share all the lovely details below.