First Light of the Holiday Season
I know … it’s difficult to leave behind the heady mystique and spiritual effervescence of October. It’s time now though, to welcome the charity and spirit of Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season, with open arms, and …
EFFULGENCE (e fulʹjɘns, i-) n. – great brightness; radiance; brilliance [WW #136]
This time of year cannot but add a little sparkle and effulgence into the dreariest of lives … if you let it … if you give it.
Many have suffered this year, in acts of nature and the brutality of evil. It is not easy to look up from that if you are coping with the aftereffects. For some, the only way is to seek the effulgence, however dim it may appear, at first.
A wrap-up story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat quoted a survivor of California’s historically worst wildfires last month, and demonstrates the pain and poignancy. “…‛We’re homeless,’ she said — not sadly at all, more like she was announcing a forthcoming trip to Paris. ‛They say it’s good to experience new things as we grow older,’ she said, leaning on her cane. ‛And I’ve never been homeless before.’”
Even through anguish, the aroma of a simple turkey-and-gravy frozen dinner can evoke effulgence and fond memories of Thanksgivings past, and gratitude for survival, present.
We’re heading into a rather somber Holiday Season. For children—of all ages, as we can all be children at this time of year—the season’s effulgence in one string of Holiday lights can brighten a life. Just ask Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
Think charity and thanksgiving this month—offer effulgence to someone who may not otherwise feel the luster of life.
Word Challenge: EFFULGENCE. Feel the light and see the brightness, inside and out, as you fit effulgence into your week of charitable writings.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)