light saving

Saving Light

Saving Light, yes it is that time of year when we believe that we can save light by simply moving our clocks ahead by and hour and “save light” or the beginning of Daylight Savings in other words. What does that really mean? It’s much like saving time in a bottle, but can we really do that either?

Light Savings

“Light” by itself is a wonderful word, it is a noun:

  1. The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. “the light of the sun”
  2. Understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment. “she saw light dawn on the woman’s face”

It is a verb:

  1. Provide with light or lighting; illuminate. “the room was lighted by a number of small lamps”
  2. Make (something) start burning; ignite. “Allen gathered sticks and lit a fire”

It is also an adjective:

  1. Having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark. “the bedrooms are light and airy”
  2. (Of a color) pale. “her eyes were light blue”

But why are we saving light, or at least pretending we can save or control light? The word is so flexible, not to mention the medium. For today’s discussion I will focus on the former, instead of the latter. That is a topic for another day.

Saving Light in a bottle

Without light we would not have life. So why do we try so hard to gain an extra hour. Is it to get and extra hour of work in, or maybe slip off the golf course? If we could save time or light in a bottle what would we really want to do with it? Hopefully spend a little time dealing with the 2nd noun description; enlightenment.

Of course we enjoy the “light of the sun” and the beauty of “her light blue eyes” And we all want to be in an “light and airy room” or enjoy the warmth of a fire when it “ignites”

But what of enlightenment? Do we desire, crave or long for additional insight, understanding, awareness, wisdom, education and learning or knowledge?  Saving light means trading time or daylight for our own selfish needs. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-awareness or enlightenment, stands alone and the top of the pyramid.

In conclusion

In the end I hope we all think seriously and deeply what we are “Saving Light” for? Are we just trading time, and the bottle for something selfish or meaningless? We really can’t save it, or put it in a bottle. There is not a “light bank” Use all time / light wisely. By making the world a better place? Spending the extra time with our families, coaching a little league team, or spending it at the library leaning about our world, or ourselves. In the end saving light is important; just spend the light saved on something truly valuable, and notable.

And always have  help achieve your SEO enlightenment, and saving light by making it a great day.

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