Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Glowing in the Dark November 25, 2014

It doesn’t make sense. I have never and will never understand it. I will, however, question why this trick of nature happens every year. Here we are in the midst of all things holiday and literally speaking it is the darkest time of year.

The sun seems to rise later and set sooner every single day. That means less sunshine, which (at least from what I can tell) means less happy people. None of this is good news in my world. It’s also not the worst news, because I make it a point of mine in life to be a light amid the darkness in whatever way possible. This thing called daylight savings time will not break me down.

My faith in the power of one’s inner light was renewed tonight as I watched as another bought of silliness unfolded between my forever parents and dear baby Carter.Hard at Work

There we were, the four of us, in the darkness of the basement. I was sure either mom or dad would turn the lights on eventually. Instead they grabbed out these little sticks and I listened as they cracked them to life. I’m not sure of the correlation between the cracking sound and what happened next, but I suppose some things are best left to mystery anyway. Within a few seconds, the room was dimly lit by little florescent glow sticks, which brought far more joy to everyone involved than I would have ever expected.

The fun continued as mom suggested Carter have a glow-in-the-dark bath time. He loved every minute of it. He was happy. Mom and dad were happy. I was happy.

It doesn’t make sense to me why there is so much darkness during such an otherwise joyful time of year. But that’s okay. It sounds silly, but the glow-in-the-dark games tonight reminded me it’s possible not just to let your light shine, but to find new ways to do it. Routine has its perks, but switching it up from time to time is good for the soul. How you choose to shine ultimately doesn’t matter. What matters is that you shine at all.

Because as Dutch Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus put it “give light and the darkness will disappear.”

 

6 Responses to “Glowing in the Dark”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Dearest Wiley, you’ve still got it, my pal! Love Huntie

  2. What a fun way to “give light” that was! You have your own doggie ways of giving light, Wiles. No cracking needed!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  3. Lyn Says:

    I love glow sticks — especially at carol singing on the front lawn at church. Picnic blankets everywhere, sausage sandwiches off the BBQ with grilled onion and BBQ sauce. Having a glow in the dark bath sounds super fun; I’m so glad dear baby Cooper (and all of you) had a good time 😀

  4. utesmile Says:

    That sounds like great fun. We did something similar when we had no electricity , everything with candles and play games. We should do it again and pretend we have no electricity. It is great to let our own light glow !


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