A Single Candle

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. Anne Frank

Many times events in our lives become tangled up and our days devolve into chaos. It seems there is no end to the trials and tribulations. That is why holidays and taking time away from the hustle and bustle is critical to our mental and spiritual health. Give yourself a holiday from the worries of frenetic life, and relight the little pilot light inside your heart.

Take time away from the competition and the struggle to get ahead. Put aside squabbles and old arguments. Stand instead in the light of peace and joy. Recharge your soul during these days of long nights. Unwind in your spiritual refuge in order to illuminate your heart once again with joyous vigor.

Once your heart-energy is recharged let your candle shine brightly for those around you. Show your love in your smile and warm embrace. Send out your heartfelt tidings for great comfort joy. Do not wait. Celebrate the year that is passing and prepare together for what may come in the year ahead. Be a bulwark against adversity and appreciate these bright, shining moments.

Our perspective on life can change greatly depending on our viewpoint. As an example, when I photographed this piece of driftwood – on the left the wood is in shadows and dark. I walked around 180 degrees and the warmth and brightness of the wood shone through. By changing how you see the world your world can change. Instead of brooding in shadows, turn the other way and take in the light. Let that light blaze from your heart into the gloominess of those in need. From this day forward, begin to shine. Love, peace and joy to all.

Published by everythingisbeachy

Read my books at: amazon.com/author/wheelerce Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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