InspirEmail No 146 - November 10, 2008
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

A Lighted World

One grandfather asked his two granddaughters what they wanted for their birthdays. 'Give us a world,' they responded. Soon he deduced that what they were asking for was a globe. So Granddad happily shopped for a nice large, spinning globe that he was sure would make an attractive addition to their room.

He waited for the inevitable sounds of pleasure as they unwrapped a beautiful globe he had selected. He sensed, however, that their enthusiasm for the gift was not as heart-felt as he had expected.

'What is the matter?' he asked. 'I thought this is what you wanted.'

'Well, yes,' said one of them, 'but we were kind of hoping for a lighted world.' Immediately he understood that what they wanted was a globe with a light inside.

'I can fix that,' he said. 'Let me take it back and exchange it for a lighted one.'

Unfortunately the store where he bought the globe did not sell lighted ones. They refunded his money and he set out in search of a 'lighted world.' He eventually located a globe with a light in it, bought it and presented it to his delighted granddaughters.

When asked by a friend if he had learned anything from this experience, he made a sage observation: 'Oh, yes, I learned one thing. I learned that a lighted world costs more.'

Light is a powerful metaphor. An enlightened world might be one in which education is valued.

But it can also mean that what was hidden in darkness can now be seen. Destructive attitudes and behaviours will never stand the scrutiny of light.

We become better people, and we become a better world, as we move toward the light. But a lighted world costs more. Thank goodness for those who are willing to help pay the cost?

Written by Steve Goodier

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