Diwali Festival 2012

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. " Genesis 1:3
This was the very first thing that pop up to my mind as I stroll along the road of Little India last Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

There was light. In fact lots of lights. This day, Indian folks celebrate Diwali or Deepavali, popularly knows as "Festival of Lights," which is a big thing for them to celebrate with their families by lighting lamps, wearing new clothes, sharing sweets and firing up firecrackers. Interesting! Pretty much like celebrating New Year in the Philippines.

As I drift through the crowd, my eyes feast in the carnival of people and the jovial ambiance. Lots of Indians and foreigners loitering the place; women wearing colorful sarees with ornaments and jewelries; wide array of goodies being sold along the road; and of course who will not be captivated by the thousands of multicolored, bright and illuminating lights made into archway posted along the highway stretch. Dazzling!

Diwali made an impression to me that day. Just like how Filipinos view the new year as new hope, new opportunities, new chance to make our lives better. And what about the lights? I am the light. You are the light. We all are. You give hope. You inspire. You influence. 
"You are someone’s friend/co-worker/child/mentor/hope/inspiration/example and if you didn’t step into these roles, the world would be horribly crippled. You are a necessary light and you do not know, you will never know, how far the ripples of your existence extend. You are a cause to celebrate. There is no one in the history of the past or future who can move the present the way you do." -- Isabel Garcia
Just like these lights, you are at your brightest, when placed at the dark. Even at times that no one seem to notice and care. You shine better, as you continue to be grateful in everything... As you share yourself, your passion... As you love  and sacrifice for your family... As you give to those who are in need.. As you work efficiently in your job... As you continue to dream and never give up... As you choose to forgive... As you excel in everything you do... As you accept people with their imperfections.. As you listen with compassion.. As you do your homework..  As you, being who you are.

Remember that even in the most insignificant action you could think of, You do make a spark! Keep shining!

Happy Diwali!


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