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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #646 - Get a Flashlight #GetaFlashlight

24 Nov, 2014

"I'm sorry ... but we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you."

Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty


"Gratitude is like a flashlight. It lights up what's already there. You don't necessarily have anything more or different, but suddenly you can actually see what it is. And because you can see, you no longer take it for granted."

M.J. Ryan
Attitudes of Gratitude



Your glass, your precious glass,
is it half empty or half full?

We need both, you know,
to see feel know both:
half empty and half full.

If all we see is how full,
we don't challenge ourselves,
strive for more (to do more, be more,
not necessarily to obtain more);
we don't grow.

But if all we see is how empty,
we despair,
and despair is the ultimate crippling force.

I know that holding flashlights for others
lights the path for me as well,
but sometimes my arms just get so so tired.

My sister posted this M.J. Ryan quote on facebook last night,
my sister who keeps holding a flashlight for me
when mine burns out,
even when the light from hers is only peeking through
the crack underneath
a closed door
and it's pitch black on my side
or feels pitch black on my side
or my eyes are closed
or something.

She keeps holding it out for me
until I find new batteries in the dark
and put them in (the right way, you know,
so the electricity flows)
and find the doorknob
and open the door again.

I am the flashlight-holder for so many others.

I am so grateful to have her to hold one for me.

Time to get a flashlight.

And give thanks.


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