Nepa took the light while I was dressing for work again this morning. I had to fumble my way to my drawers and search for my lighter. Using its feeble light, I traced my way to a candle. I buy a pack every three months. I am not sure what I would do without my trusty candles.
The candle came on and I dressed thinking about how much difference its little flame made. I think of all the mishaps that could go wrong and many times do if I didn't have a candle. Wearing my skirt backwards. Wearing my clothes inside out. Spraying on my brother's perfume. Stepping on my new Prada shades that fell to the floor while I searched for the lighter. Forgetting to take off my hair net as I leave the house. Carrying two different shoes to work and ending up at one of those ridiculous boutiques in VI paying for a complete pair for an equally ridiculous amount.
The list goes on ...its like life really...darkness will always come but you can chose to live in it or fight it with everything you got. I hear so much bad news all the time that its easy to let myself be enveloped by a darkness that is man made. I see Gaddafi murder and maim over the TV. I look across my street and watch a child search the garage for clothes. I watch handsome young men run after cars like the wind in a bid to sell their wares and make enough to buy an evening meal. Darkness is everywhere around us, sometimes it is even in us...
Many spend too much time adjusting to the darkness, soon its hard to forget there is any other way to be... We wait and pray for NEPA to be merciful and turn on their lights. We envy our neighbors that are able to buy generators or inverters. We pine and waste away instead of getting candles or lamps and lighting up our lives. Its the same way we put off telling that Senator we see everyday how everyone knows he is a thief. Its how i avert my eyes when i see young children begging . Its throwing away food when so many go to bed hungry. Its always in the little things.
Life might arm you with only matches or stones but don't let start stop you. Strike a match, scratch those stones together, flick those lighters, open the curtains...whatever you do, don't stay too long in the dark.
You have a choice. Choose to burn and let it shine through your pore...
Song of the day: Elton John - Candle in the wind