Reality Reflection: Light it Up

One of the things that are iconic to summer are fireworks. Whether they happen with the Fourth, Labor Day weekend, at baseball games, at local festivals/carnivals or just random weekends, around the US there are lots of opportunities to see fireworks. Whether you like to be up close and fully experience them lights, sound and all, or if you prefer to watch from a distance, there’s something special about watching light and color explode in the sky. Unless you’re in charge of setting it up there’s no predictability about what’s going to light up the sky next, but you are guaranteed that it will explode and it will be light.

I think there’s a lot that we can learn from fireworks, starting with the fact that not all of life is a lesson, sometimes it’s just meant to be enjoyed. Kids around the country are working through their summer reading lists, many reading books they’ll hate and never remember beyond a couple of months from now. I believe it’s important to keep the kids learning over the summer, but I’m not supportive of the practice of forcing lessons, looking for hidden messages and debating exactly what the author might mean by some very innocent phrase (one they may have not meant to mean anything really at all). Sometimes the best thing you can do is stop trying to find the reason in and behind everything and just enjoy.

There’s always a sound with fireworks, because there’s a chemical reaction that goes on when they’re lit, but the noise isn’t the big deal, the reason people love fireworks is because of the light. People say and do lots of things, but when it comes down to it it’s not always about what you say and do, but how you live. Is your life bringing light into the world, or are you working on creating the foggiest night ever, the kind that you can’t see more than 2 feet in front of you with a strong light?

Summer is a great time to work on lightening up your life, your attitude and your relationships. Don’t get me wrong, just like fireworks should always be taken seriously because they can be very dangerous, relationships and life should be taken very seriously because you don’t know how many tomorrows you have and being thoughtless can cause irreparable damage in your relationships. But just because you’re serious about living doesn’t mean you can’t choose to be a light even when things get tough.

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