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Light – A Beautiful Thing

May daughter and son-in-law on their wedding day.
Photo Credit: Becca Dilley

“Let the light of love enlighten the whole world.” – Debasish Mridha

Around the world light plays a starring role in celebrations. Light, especially candles, exist in nearly every religion and culture. In our modern day, candles really provide no practical purpose in most parts of our world, but we still use them to celebrate.

Light can symbolize romance, hope, faith, love, guidance (during times of darkness), relaxation, calm and life. Some of those celebrations that star “light” include birthdays, Christmas, Independence Days, New Years, Diwali, Hanukkah, Winter Soltice, Saint Lucia, Nowruz, Balachaturdashi, Tamil, Kwanzaa, Weddings, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Fête des Lumières, Festival of Lights – Berlin, Germany, Lantern Festival, Chinese Lunar Year, St Martin’s Day, Loi Krathong, Yee Peng, Night Of The Witches, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Winter Illuminations Festival, Vivid Sydney, Nowruz, Hogmanay, Bala Chaturdashi, RISE Lanterns Festival and mourning.

We use “light” as an uplifting symbol.

Candles at a Wedding Service
“Surround yourself with People Who Bring Out Your Inner Light.” – Karen Salmansohn
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 2017

“Beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran

Bentleyville, Duluth, Minnesota

“Will the last one leaving Duluth please turn out the light.” – Former Duluth Mayor, John Fedo

Happy Birthday!

“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” – Wayne Dyer


“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

Holiday Lights

” I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

The Sunset

“He has those kind eyes that shone with the light of everything will be ok.” – Atticus


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery

The Fair

“Enjoy the Ride!” – Unknown

Ringing In the New Year

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

“There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Actually, I think that is a train!” – Unknown

Boyscout Court of Honor

“An eagle earns its honor from the storms it endures.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

About Me: Life is precious, capture its beauty. I am lucky to have a loving family, and wonderful friends. Like everyone, I have good days and bad days, happy days and sad days, patient days and crabby days, beautiful days and ugly days, etc. I try to “hold the bright side up” as much as I can because it makes me feel better, and I think it helps others feel better too. I am so far from perfect, but I try to be kind and respectful. I truly believe that life is precious and that there are so many extraordinary ordinary people and moments in life. I want to share and celebrate the “extraordinary ordinary” through my writing and photography. Please check out my photos at Fine Art America Photography https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/35-laura-smith; at Adobe Stock at https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/207669601/Laura%20Jean%20Smith or at Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/g/LauraJSmith. Perhaps you will find something you would like to have as your own?