16 thoughts on “Spreading Light – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

  1. rebirthoflisa February 18, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    This is a great quote! It really made me think if I want to be the candle or the mirror. Since candles melt from the heat, I would choose to be the mirror to reflect the light around me. Thanks for participating.

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    • Good Woman February 18, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      That’s an interesting take on that quote. I think in terms of even if I can’t be the shining star (which I wouldn’t be anyway since I’m an introvert) I can still be someone who helps spread goodwill and tolerance and love and all the positive things we would like society to embody. I too would be the mirror because that’s my nature.

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  2. Divorce With Me February 20, 2015 / 1:50 am

    I hadn’t heard this quote. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Glad I found your site. 🙂

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  3. Everything's Coming Up Rosie February 20, 2015 / 4:51 am

    I don’t think I’ve read that quote before, but it’s a good one. I think I’d be the mirror – reflect good so that others can shine.

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  4. MJK March 18, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    This immediately reminded me of a Mary Oliver poem “The Buddha’s Last Instruction” (from her book “The House of Light”): “Make of yourself a light,”/said the Buddha,/before he died./I think of this every morning/as the east begins/to tear off its many clouds/of darkness, to send up the first/signal-a white fan/streaked with pink and violet,/even green.

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    • Good Woman March 18, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Beautiful words and imagery from Mary Oliver. She probably wrote 100 years after Edith Wharton. Would you be the candle?


    • Good Woman March 18, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      That may be true of a lot of people depending on the circumstances. Since I am an introvert I don’t think of myself as the candle, but there are times when I would be one.


      • I am an introvert as well, but have had to have extroverted behavior in some of my work. I wonder what other people would say about you. My sense is that maybe some people have thought of you in both ways. I don’t know…just wondering. There is probably some overlap between the two, and may be possible to be both at the same time. I am also kind of tired and wonder if I am even making sense. Hahaha. Goodnight

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        • Good Woman March 18, 2015 / 9:22 pm

          You make perfect sense and you are absolutely right. People who know me but not very well don’t think I am introverted because I have to give presentations for my job and I can do them quite competently. But I am quite awkward with people I meet for the first time and I need solitude to “recharge” unlike extroverts who are more likely to recharge by being with people. My daughter describes it like this: she speaks to large groups of people and is fine doing that, but she says it’s when the speeches are over and she has to mingle that is when she has trouble.


          • Me too! Exactly! Totally have to recharge alone, especially in nature.
            Part of being a therapist is being a mirror for the client, so at that time I am the mirror. Sometimes a client will say, “wow, when you said blah blah blah, it really turned me around” 8 times out of 10, they were the ones who actually said that. I may have guided them to it, but they said it. So in that scenario, they saw me as the candle, but I was really the mirror.

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            • Good Woman March 20, 2015 / 7:08 pm

              That too makes sense to me. You probably helped them to get their own thoughts together so they attribute it to you, while it was within them all the while. But that must help you to know you were successful. And that is what I always thought the roll of the therapist was (in very simplistic terms). That is an interesting perspective on you actually being the mirrorl

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