Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 297 – Light

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“It is during our darkest moments that we should focus to see the light.”

Aristotle

Thank you so much, Spidey, for such an apt quote, considering it was Diwali, yesterday, the festival of light.

Diwali, as Hindus and Jains celebrate, or Bandi Chorr Divas, as Sikhs refer to the day, is essentially two stories, but the moral is the same, of good being victorious over evil, and of how, at the end of however dark and long a tunnel, that there is light.

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This year has been strange to say the least. Since March, for the majority of the world, any special days, whether widespread religious festivals, (remember the quiet Easter, and yesterday, a muted Diwali?) or ceremonial days, like VE Day and Remembrance Day, not to mention the personal celebrations, such as births, birthdays and weddings, have all been performed or observed in a very different manner.

This year has highlighted the need for family, or that core group of people around you. It’s also impressed the importance of keeping in touch with your loved ones, near or far. Thank goodness for phones, Whatsapp and Zoom, eh!

But we are all living in a kind of darkness, right now. slowly trudging along through this tunnel, not quite sure when the end will come.

But it will.

Already, news of possible vaccinations cast glimmers of hope that there may some semblance of normality in the not to distant future.

That’s a light there, in itself.

As I type this, (last night) there are families gathered, in their household bubbles (obviously, since we are in lockdown) letting off fireworks, and eating good food together, celebrating Diwali in a smaller, yet no less important way.

We’ve been doing the same, bar the fireworks (plenty going off around here for us to enjoy!) We did a drive by in front of the in-laws house, where mum had cooked up a storm, and after a few minutes of us standing at a distance from them, wishing each other happy Diwali, we left with a bag brimming with fresh pakoras, lamb kebabs, Indian rice pudding, called Kheer, and plenty of other naughty but nice sweet goodies.

And we’ve sat, together, the four of us, eating, watching a film, and enjoying each other’s company, and keeping our thoughts positive, that this time next year, we will hopefully be in our forever home!

So… tell me, if you feel as if you are in a tunnel, can you see the light, yet? If not, how do you get yourself through?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps.  And enjoy your week!  

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Nov 20, 2020 @ 07:44:22

    I hope you had a good Diwali, Ritu, it sounds like it was different but good.

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  2. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Nov 18, 2020 @ 16:00:06

    Beautiful thoughts, Ritu, and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday! We’re looking forward to Thanksgiving here, which we always do pretty small–so we won’t have much of a change there. I’m not looking forward to winter’s cold, which will stop a lot of our outdoor activities. My boys enjoyed their fall soccer season so much–some normalcy!–so now I’ve got to figure out how to keep them (and me) active through the (dark) winter. Wishing for snow!

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  3. thereluctantpoet
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 20:22:16

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  4. thereluctantpoet
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 20:21:49

    Still sending prayers for your forever home, Dear!
    xoxo
    😘💕🌹😁

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  5. Rae Longest
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 17:57:11

    Ah, yes, our lives have changed, but some of it is for the better, I think.
    We will do turkey for two for Thanksgiving, but I’m doing Friendsgiving (and celebrating my BD since I have celebrated every day in some little way since the 8th on the command of my friend who took me to lunch that day (before the restaurants have to close down again)–and we ate on the patio)with my Four Friends Book Club at another outdoor venue here in Alvin on Wed. the 18th.

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  6. Darlene
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 08:24:47

    Happy Diwali to you and your family. A weird year for sure. It will be a quiet Christmas as well I´m afraid. But that´s OK. We have each other.

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  7. Leanne
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 00:19:03

    Your motivational post is needed, an added light source in the darkness.

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  8. Jennie
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 21:51:17

    I love how you are the glass half full, Ritu. Yes there will be light. It is sad to forego our traditional holiday celebrations, but we can still celebrate.

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  9. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 18:44:35

    Great quote! Thank you Sis and Spidey! Is it similar if i had seen your Prince, this day? 😉 He hold a speech here, in remembrance of the last wars, and in best German language. Michael

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  10. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 18:43:31

    Great quote! Thank you Sis and Spidey! Is it similar if i had seen your Price, this day? 😉 He hold a speech here, in remembrance of the last wars, and in best German language. Michael

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  11. johnrieber
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 17:47:12

    These are the darkest of times here in the US, as far too many of us refuse to accept personal responsibility to help fight this pandemic. That said, there is a light a the end of the tunnel, as we have elected a new President who will care about working with the rest of the world – except for the Dictators that our current President befriended – and work together to get through this as quickly and safely as possible…that is hope and therefore light. Oh, and your menu sounded incredible.

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  12. Erika
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 11:18:01

    I like that LIGHT is the center of that traditional celebration. Yes, it is different this year, like everything is, but that makes the meaning even more profound. That’s why we will make Christmas even more special this year. As we all said throughout the year, we will remember and see more clearly what really counts! That’s the light that will stick with us 💖

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  13. floridaborne
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 09:12:16

    Thanks for explaining Diwali. It is so intriguing to find out about the holidays others celebrate.

    I’m very vocal regarding how I feel about a “pandemic” that kills fewer people than heart attacks. It is infuriating that people have had to die alone in nursing homes and hospitals, that families have been separated, and that the results of isolation has had such a deleterious effect (many mental health professionals consider that worse than the disease). I feel badly for people who have lost loved ones due to CoVid-19, just as I feel badly for people who have lost loved ones to heart failure, stroke, and cancer (all 3 of those account for around 1/2 of all deaths in the “western” world). This question has to be asked, and researched: Is it worth the emotional and financial price to lock everything down?

    I can understand how hard it is for other people. I see it on their faces as they walk around in a daze. However, on a personal level; I am very happy that people can’t hug me, and I don’t like the tradition of shaking hands. Although the social distancing thing and lack of touch has been hard for others, it has made my life a lot easier.

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    • Ritu
      Nov 15, 2020 @ 09:26:04

      It is a very tough time, you’re right.
      What is right or wrong to do, no one really knows.
      They’re holding out for this magical vaccine, then all will be okay, but the damage done will take eons to repair.
      You take care.
      I for one am really missing hugs! 🤗🤗🤗

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  14. TanGental
    Nov 15, 2020 @ 09:01:25

    Not so much a tunnel as those clouds you fly through when you get snippets of views. Our neighbours set off the most extraordinary fireworks which is rather splendid, especially hearing their son who’s five getting hyper!! Last year they had their extended family over and still enough food to feed south london, this year sadly not. But they gave it their best. There’s always light somewhere..

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