One Candle Casts Out The Darkness

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One CandleI overheard more than once many people with slowing and challenging economic times saying they were going to cut back on their decorations for the holiday season. While on the surface this seems practical I would relate to them from a past severe financial difficulty I went through, that lighting one candle provided me great hope for the future.

Why? Because

One Candle Casts Out The Darkness.

Darkness, and being downtrodden can not fight the power, the LIGHT of even one candle. Your candle is your spirt, your hope, your promise for a better tomorrow. The year that I went through this enormous struggle I decked out my front yard with lights. The heck wiith the electric bill. It felt so good.

I was on a mission of hope.

Heart of MenAnd you know what?

Things got better eventually. I knew they would. I not only lit up the world with my candle. I kept that candle inside of me burning brightly.

I have seen lives transformed by giving your light to others. It warms the heart of man.

So this holiday season, think twice before severely cutting back on decorations, especially anything involving light. It is the season of light, and we need all the light in our lives we can get.

Darkness cannot withstand the light of love.


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Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Gary, your constant brightness lights up the RAINworld like a Christmas tree...THANK YOU! And where does the darkness go??? It was NOTHING but the absence of light... Light is all we have...and Love is all we need. ;-)

Nov 17, 2008 11:40 AM #8
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - Christmas is one event I won't cut back on. Remember the Grinch? ANd, how his heart grew on Christmas day when he saw the spirit of Hooville? I think everybody's heart grows bigger on Christmas day! I could never NOT decorate, but maybe I'll kill the lights earlier this year.  

Nov 17, 2008 11:42 AM #9
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Gary, You always put such a beautiful spin on life.  I agree with you about decorating. I love the holidays, no matter where I am in life. Always have, always will.  In fact, I just put up one of my Christmas tree's tonight. One down 3 to go!  Just watching the lights on the tree's brings me joy.

Nov 17, 2008 12:50 PM #11
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I've really never been one to decorate very much for any holiday, but my wife had our entire home looking like a haunted house for Halloween. She's threatening further adventures for Christmas.

Nov 17, 2008 01:18 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Mara: I love your thought that darkness is nothing. You always teach me.

Carol: I love that Grinch story. Turning the lights off earlier is a great cost saving compromise.

Pat: Love those Christmas songs Silent Night and Silver Bells. A light is a sign of hope and love.

Elizabeth: You are doing GREAT with those Christmas trees.

JL: Your wife will keep that candle burning bright at your house. Enjoy!!

Nov 17, 2008 01:35 PM #13
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

You must be husband and I were just discussing what to do about the decorations this year! We were talking about cutting changed my mind!

Nov 17, 2008 02:10 PM #14
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


What can I say, absolutely beautiful...

Nov 17, 2008 03:05 PM #15
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

As usual...right on time and beautifully delivered. You are a GIFT and a LIGHT! GBU~

Nov 17, 2008 03:56 PM #16
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

This is true in so many ways! 

I'm waiting for my book! : )

Nov 17, 2008 06:27 PM #17
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Love to rendezvous with you early in the morning! You start my day off SO WELL!! Love the lights of Christmas, and finding someone to light my fire (I mean candle of course!).

Nov 17, 2008 06:40 PM #18
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


I needed to hear read this this morning.  Thank you for the uplifting message my friend.  I can always count on you for a bright spot in my day.

Nov 17, 2008 09:40 PM #19
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Hi Gary:  My son is going through a really bad year and so what hurts him also hurts me.  We plan to deck out his house in all it's glory this wonderful Christmas and keep faith that he will have much better days ahead.  You're post is so perfect for what my son and I are feeling these days.

Nov 17, 2008 11:02 PM #20
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. right you are. I too went through some severe finacial times, nad it always seams the darkest before the dawn.  We didn't cut back on the decorations, but cut back a little on the amount of time they were lit and always kept some of them on!

Nov 18, 2008 01:16 AM #22
Renee Parker
Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood - Lansing, MI
Lansing Realtor

Gary ~ Once again, another BEAUTIFUL post!  Thanks for the loving reminder of our "light" and extending it out into the world.  My candle is buring today.


Nov 18, 2008 01:59 AM #23
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV

Gary, your wonderful giving spirit shines through. I am still around, down but not out! Thank you for this uplifting post and let me Re-posted in my blog... It is to beautiful

Nov 18, 2008 04:45 AM #24
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Joan: Don't cut back, other than maybe turning the lights off earlier. Be a light out to the world. It will make you feel so good.

Linda: Thanks. You are a stunningly bright light here.

Elizabeth Nieves: You are a gift to all of us in the Rain as well.

Pam: You need to find me my agent for the book. An autographed copy goes to you.

Susie: Still searching for that cowboy with the boots on the floor? Love it. You can't fool me with that light you are looking for!!

Don: Thanks for popping by as always.

Donna: Glad your son and you will deck out the house. Having been through that "bottom" before myself you will be amazed what all that light will do for you. It will lift you up. God Bless You All.

Pat: You are not nuts. But isn't that your picture in the dictionary next to the word "quirky?" Just kidding. You are enthusiastic to the max in all you put your effort into.

William: Great compromise on the cost of the illumination.

Renee Parker: Glad YOUR light is burning bright.

Arina: Thanks for the re-blog. You sure are special.

Nov 18, 2008 06:43 AM #25
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Gary.

That is a good thing to be in life.


Nov 18, 2008 07:36 AM #26
Chastity Guevara
Camelot's Quest Realty - Casa Grande, AZ

Gary - That is truly poetic.  I love this post...the words are so true.

Nov 18, 2008 01:47 PM #27
Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Gary thanks againg for another bright and uplifting post. I can find motivation daily with your blog.

Nov 19, 2008 09:14 AM #28
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

GARY Keeping that candle lit does it everytime. That little glimmer of hope is all it takes most of the time.

Nov 19, 2008 03:31 PM #29
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