Light a Candle

@acmepride (1547)
United States
June 21, 2009 1:36am CST
A person I highly respect once told me: it's better to light a candle than to curse the dark. Any thoughts? Why do/don't you agree?
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@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
21 Jun 09
Hi there Acme Pride!I believe in that saying. I think that nothing will change if we just whine and vent about our problems, and cry whenever things don't go the way we want them too when we don't do anything about it. I think that it's best to do everything that we can to change what's happening before we complain. Complaining won't get us anywhere.
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@acmepride (1547)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Hello nanayangel! Why do you think other people don't see it the way you do, though? In other words, to your mind, what prompts them to do the opposite of what you're suggesting? Thank you for sharing your views and Happy myLotting!
• India
22 Jun 09
Naturally lighting a candle is a matter of joy.I want to inform you that in every year we use to light candle in "Dipaboli" occasion than we get a peace in our mind.I think the man told you the word in that concept that if you have a refresh from them it will remove your mistray.Thanks.
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@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
22 Jun 09
I agree with that, it is better to do something than be just talk and curse at events where we can do something to change them.
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@tjades (3591)
• Jamaica
22 Jun 09
Seek solutions to a problem rather than to just whine about it. I dont see whats there not to agree with really. It makes sense in every way.
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@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
21 Jun 09
"to light a candle" may have several meanings and i do agree with it. To light a candle - as in church, to go and pray for that person, or that situation; also the light is a symbol of good, of white, of purity, while the dark is associated with black and curses. There are many wise words, and we would even be wiser if we managed to listen and to do what some of them say.
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@maezee (38845)
• United States
21 Jun 09
This totally makes sense to me! It's like - don't complain about your situation (if you're in a bad situation), just DO something to get out of the situation or make the situation better! It's better to take action and at least try than to just sit there and complain about it and do nothing.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
21 Jun 09
I love this saying, and I do agree with it. To me, it means that rather than complaining about problems, we should take action to deal with them. For instance, why complain about the government, and then not vote or write to representatives? Or why feel horrid about bad health, but make no effort to improve it? Hence, if it is dark, do not curse and complain, but light the candle that is sitting right beside you. A very good question! Karen
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
21 Jun 09
If you don't like things the way they are do something to change it. Cursing the dark or whatever does nothing, the situation doesn't change and no one is helped. To "light the candle" may involve work, but the situation change and you and others can now see. So yes I guess I agree with the statement.
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• United States
21 Jun 09
Awwww, what a beautiful saying and so true. I agree with it completely although somtimes it's very hard to do. Everything seems to be coming down on you and there is no light you feel, shall we say, at the end of the tunnel. It's there, you just have to be patient and wait for it to shine. And sometimes you just have to find the matches....which were sitting right along side of you.
@glords (2614)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Very insightful... but sadly there is not always a candle to be found. I think that before you despair it is always best to try to find a solution. Sadly sometimes the solution is just the acceptance of a situation. Sometimes you have to accept that you have no power over your circumstances. Sometimes you have to accept pain and suffering as a part of life. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself for the anger and bitterness you feel. Sometimes you have force yourself to get up in the morning with only the determination to survive.
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@mahanjili (105)
• India
21 Jun 09
yea it is true. but if there is an accomany of storm with dark, can a candle be lighted up?...
@debrakcarey (19923)
• United States
21 Jun 09
Be part of the solution, of course. But cursing the dark must first occur...some people don't realize that they're in the dark...:)
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@Cifer69 (187)
• Philippines
21 Jun 09
Yes I do agree it applies in life if you keep cursing your problems instead of finding ways to solve it you will still sufer
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@tinam13 (839)
• United States
21 Jun 09
I agree. It's better to be having a bad time in the light than in the dark because you can see. There are more options when you can "see" something. If you are in the dark you can run into more problems and keep yourself in the same bad situation. So by being able to see you have an advantage, but what you choose to do while you have light is up to you.
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• Philippines
21 Jun 09
Hi there! you know the song "One little candle"? It says.. "it is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark. Better far that you light just one little candle, all you need is a tiny spark. if we all say a prayer that the world would be free, a wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see.." That song says it all.. Why would we want to go through the darkness if there's one reason to go though it all with one light? It's just like when you're in the verge of giving up. Would you give up if you see one reason not to? One candle may not be much, but it will be enough to go through the night till the sun rises..
@gloamglozer (1285)
• Australia
21 Jun 09
It's very true, if we don't like how something is than it would be best to at least change that if you can't bear to live with it. Though the problem is that most people only change them when it is more difficult not to change than it is to stay in their current situation.
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• United States
8 Sep 09
I have never heard this saying before. I am not sure what it means. I might have to look this one up online. I cannot agree with something without knowing what it really means or could mean:) I guess I am off to another tab here and see what I can find out about it and than I will comeback and leave a comment to answer your question here. Take care and happy mylotting to you.
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
i agree. it is better to do something or take a step at something than stay in one place and keep your mouth talking or cursing. while the time you were cursing and moving and taking necessary steps, the job or solution was already implemented.