Life is light!
Australia, 1st March 2010
Officially, today is the start of Autumn in Australia. While the West coast (Perth) celebrated that with the hottest day in years, the East coast (Sydney) had its coldest day in years. But overall Australia had its hottest summer in years…a sign of global warming?
Today’s subject is a bit “light hearted”. Light has become such an integral part of our life that even in our daily language we use light and lighting as ways to express ourselves. We use the term “illuminating” to indicate that we learned something or “brilliant” to express something that “outshines” the rest, and then there is “light at the end of the tunnel” to indicate that the worst is over and things are getting better! In general light is synonymous with something positive and uplifting. Having “bright ideas” or a “bright future” are typical examples of positive metaphors. Reversely the lack of light, like “being in the dark”, expresses negative moods or situations.
“Light” talk also comes in colors, such as “seeing red” or being “green with envy” or talk until you are “blue in the face”…yes, the full RGB spectrum… 🙂 Even speed is captured by lighting by being “lightning quick”. Light of course has a big religious meaning. How many people have not “seen the light”?
So “let there be light” in your lives!