A Lone Candle
A Lone Candle
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
The candle flickers in rhythmic waves of motion, as if read as notes of music, each one imparting a value of progression: straight, wavering, tall, short, bright or dull. Its life is a reflection of all life, created, experienced and snuffed; the wax remnants the transitory memories of existence. How fleeting life, the experience driven by forces of which we have little influence. These forces of nature taunt our lives and can oppress our will into dull lifeless rest or feed us to radiate brilliance, strong and tall.
We are but candles in the darkest night, struggling to illuminate the world around us, striving to dance to the music and enliven all who touch us, all who perceive our existence. We breathe the same air, bear the same influences and waste away until the flame is smothered. How bright we shine and how much we can light up the world with our presence is as much about opportunity as will. The winds of change can batter our light to the point of death, our flame unable to bear the constant barrage of nature’s course. Yet, in the still of darkness, we can prevail and shine through to give meaning to everything that surrounds us. Our will is innate and its power resolute adding another opportunity to the longevity of life. It is by no means definitive but adds value to outcome.
Candles are often used for focus in meditation and introspection, and in a real sense they represent a sound reflection of life, a metaphor for our simplistic view of our existence. The complexities of which we are so attuned are simply details at the periphery of understanding, complications we ourselves contrive to give credence to our beliefs. Life is a mystery and most mysteries are solved with simplicity not complication; that is a human affinity.
When contemplating these mysteries we should learn to be still, in mind and body. Like the candle, our light is strongest in this state and its illumination farther reaching and more able to reveal the truth, often hidden in the darkness awaiting discovery.