Not One, A Thousand

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Red Lanterns, Penang, Malaysia    2016

 ” You are not one, you are a thousand. Light your lantern.”

   -Rumi

A multitude of hanging lanterns covers a ceiling in Penang, one of my favourite cities.

Spectacular and uplifting (or down dangling ,take your pick)!

If it is not too much of  a cultural mish-mash to attach a quote from a Persian poet and philosopher to a Chinese icon such as these lanterns, I’ll tell you why:

Sometimes the world is just overwhelming, and we feel that we are insignificant in the face of it.

But when we project our true selves and passions, we can connect with those around us .Somehow,and this is sort of mysterious, we become “bigger”and grow. As we ourselves are lit up and inspired, we have the power to inspire others too.

Soon the whole ceiling is covered…

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