Thursday, 16 October 2014

Let there be light

- Remember Eli, over the dark clouds, the sky is always blue

That is what my grandfather used to say to me. In those moments when the worries seemed unbearable and there was absolutely no light in the horizon whatsoever. 

- There is always light in the end of that tunnel. No matter how long and dark it might seem to be. There is always light at the end of it. 

Was another one. He collected good quotes, my beloved late grandfather, and he never hesitated to shower us with them. Simple words of inspiration. Of encouragement. Of wisdom. Words that could lift you up on that grey day, in that dark moment and when u felt utterly totally in misery. My grandfather would be there and would not leave us alone until that feeling was there. The feeling that Everything Was Going To Be Alright. 

He passed away many years ago, my grandfather, but I still miss him. Missing his wise and comforting words. I feel grateful for the legacy he left behind though - maybe above all - the kindness and curiosity he met other people with. When he listened to you, he listened 100% , and he was there. With one of his quotes. One of his own or one of someone else's.  

- Always be the light in someone else's life, 
he would say, nodding and smiling like he let me in on the world's biggest mystery:
- Always be kind to people. Be generous with your smile. Share a kind word and a question. Show interest - and what do you know - you might be the light in that other person's life that day. 

And speaking of light, dear reader. Diwali, the festival of lights is just around the corner in India. The decorations are coming up, and everyone is getting ready: 


Diwali, the festival of lights. You know, I love the craziness of the Ganesha festival, the fun and women-power-spirit of Dusshera, but Diwali is to me like the Mother of all Indian festivals. The Queen. So vibrant, so powerful, so beautiful, so emotional... It's amazing. This is what I wrote last year: Happy Diwali



And after Diwali, we are heading towards Christmas. Another celebration where lighting candles and light bulbs play a big role. A candle for someone or something. A light for hope and gratitude.



So, dear reader, light a candle if you like. But maybe just as important: try to be the light in someone's life. All it takes is a smile, a kind word and some attention. It may mean more than you know.

Let there be light.

  

22 comments:

  1. Wise words from your grandfather! True, we must spread cheer and smiles around us, like you said - 'you might be the light in that other person's life that day', which he might brighten up his day/week or may be his entire life! Those are lovely lights in your area, Eli! Best wishes to you and your family for this festive season of Diwali ♥

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    1. Thank you dear Shilpa. Best wishes to you and your family also. Hugs

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  2. Wish u a lovely Diwali in maximum city. Ur grand father is so right, be a light in someone else life:)

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    1. Thank you so much Vishal. Happy Diwali to you also

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  3. Beautiful post - lovely quotes and pictures, and wise words of advice. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much dear Laurel. Hugs

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  4. 'Try to be the light' :) Yes, Eli that is the essence of all these festivals....Such wisdom words from your grandpa! Love the clicks dear.Happy Diwali to you and your folks! Love

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    1. Thank you so much dear Aditi. All the best to you and your family also. Hugs

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  5. You are so right, Diwali is indeed the Queen Mother of all Indian festivals :) And I so like how your memories of you Grandfather and his wise words led you to write about this festival of lights. Thanks Eli for this uplifting post.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Beloo for your kind words. Hugs

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  6. Love the quotes...And such treasure trove of wisdom your grandfather has left with you....I love this time of the year for the festivals...Durga Puja, Diwali followed by Christmas are my favorites..Ofcourse I feel very sad when they are over!

    Random Thoughts Naba..Join Us & Say No To Inequality...

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    1. Thank you dear Nabanita. Yes, great time of the year. Hugs

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  7. Absolutely inspiring and wise quotes for all the times. Enjoyed the photographs, somewhere they have made me more excited to look forward for the festival of lights! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed it dear Shesha. All the best

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  8. Such a beautiful and uplifting post, Eli!

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    1. Thank you so much dear Cindi. Big hugs

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  9. Indeed it's the mother of all festivals!

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    1. Happy to see you here:-) It sure is

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  10. May the light always guide us today, tomorrow n forever

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  11. Hugs to you dear Alexandra:-)

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