“I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Life Is A Gift
I don’t agree with everything George Bernard Shaw believed, but he seemed to grasp the fact that life is an amazing gift on it’s own… regardless of our struggles.
George’s father was an alcoholic who alienated the family to such an extent that none of his children attended his funeral. His mother left the family to pursue a musical career. Yet George, in spite of the troubles and challenges of his own often harsh life, thought it “a splendid torch” of joy that he was going to pass along to the next generation.
Shine Your Light
You and I are passing something along to the next generation as well. After our midlife divorce, our children, our grandchildren, our extended family, our friends, and our larger community will either see life more clearly and brightly because of us, or they will be discouraged and dejected at the unfairness and sordidness of it all.
Let’s choose to shine our light of life. Even after the sadness of our midlife divorce, let’s hold up our torch of hope and joy and love and goodness. We can’t do one thing about any other person’s choices or bad decisions, but we most certainly can “burn as brightly as possible” during our own time on this earth.
It’s the only life we have this side of heaven, so let’s start “glowing in the night for all to see!” You have a chance to encourage those around you like never before. Pass on your own blazing torch!
“You are the world’s light – a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.” ~ Matthew 5:14 (The Living Bible)