When a bulb burns out
we just change it –
it’s not the bulb we love,
it’s the light.
Knapp is reminding us that nothing lasts forever. As we know, we’re born, we burn out, and the next generation replaces us as easily as light bulbs. This rule of evolution applies to everything from the lowliest flea to the loftiest king – and even to our sun. We’re all slowly fading. The only constant is change.
Given this universal law, I think two things are crucial. One is to “shine” the best we can. The other, to love all that’s “shining” on us.
As I sit at my desk, “light” is coming at me from countless sources: The sun streaming through the window. The smell of peppermint wafting from my tea. My dogs napping on the rug beside me. My friends and family smiling from photos in my bookshelf. A pink hyacinth blooming in a vase by my computer.
As Knapp points out about the light bulb, I don’t love the flower’s hydrogen and carbon. I love its fragrance and beauty – its “light.” It’s shining on me as surely as the sun’s rays, and that’s what boosts my spirit and helps me along my way.
To shine some flowers on you, here’s a video I saved to show you in the dark and chill of winter. The question is: What besides flowers might be shining on you now? It’s worth thinking about as you look around your world. Enjoy!