A Splendid Torch


"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (via inward/outward)

I need to read and hear these words.   Especially, when I’m taking a longer view of life and with 3 of my kids fast asleep now with minimal worries.  We need to change the "record" we keep playing in our minds … garbage in, garbage out.  Grace in, Grace out


About Sivin Kit

man of one wife, father of four kids

2 thoughts on “A Splendid Torch

  1. Edwin Paul

    I hope one day I will wholly embrace these words concerning myself proudly!!!

  2. Edwin – So say we all … 🙂 let’s do it …

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