“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of one small candle.” Robert Alden
This past week I have struggled to think about anything else other than work. Thus, trying to think about a topic for my blog post was a total nightmare. My mind felt completely blocked.
As I started to panic, I looked up and saw a poster about Graphic Design. The picture on the poster was a pair of hands holding a flickering light. The image intrigued me and somehow stirred my imagination, and these words erupted…
I have always heard people say that if you want to be happy, you should distance yourself from negative people. Do not mingle with them, do not befriend them on Facebook, do not talk to them, and actually, do not even acknowledge their existence. If you do this, you will be rid of their negativity and negative influence and energy (according to this philosophy).
This always made me squirm, for I was one of those negative people. I was constantly sad and lonely. People followed this philosophy as if it was a religion, and I was shunned from society many times.
On my lonely and painful journey, I often came across other people who were also rejected, because they did not fit the norm, as set out by society. And we, the sad ones, became even sadder and lonelier.
One day, a girl I met at university told me that she did not know where she would be if it weren’t for me. Shocked, I looked at her and asked her what she meant. She told me that I was her only friend, and a light in her darkness.
For months, I did not understand how she could feel that I was her light – until I experienced something similar. I met a guy who was a lot like me – sad and mysterious. He became my friend, my light, even though he himself did not realise the power that he held.
Today, a few years along the line, I still feel very passionate about the fact that we should be there for other people. We might not know them that well, but we have the power to be the light in their darkness. A single candle can light up a very dark room. It might not be as bright as sunshine, but it is a whole lot better than total darkness.
If you are a light for that one person, that person might become a light for another, and so it continues. Together, we have the power to become even brighter.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
When you are a light, a beacon of hope for someone, there will always be people who will try and blow out your candle. I challenge you to not only be a light for someone, but to be one of those stubborn birthday candles that you can blow out until you are blue in the face – it will keep relighting itself.
Those are the kind of people we should be. We should not avoid the negative people, but rather show them kindness, love and hope. If we light up their world, they might find a way out of the darkness and experience the sunshine that so many of us already know.
Have you ever seen how beautiful a single flickering candle looks in a dark room? Do you know what is even more beautiful than that? Hundreds of flickering candles! Darkness is just the absence of light… Be the light!
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases when shared.”