Friday, February 2, 2024

My Word for 2024


Great minds think alike. Or rather similar Spirits recognize 

a similar need.

My word for 2024 – LIGHT, both the Noun and the Verb, and 

Carmela’s LIGHTER, both the Adjective and the Adverb, share 

the same root:         

            The word “light” comes from Old English leht 

            (Anglian), Leoht (West Saxon), meaning 

            “brightness, radiant energy, that which makes 

             things visible.”

I admit (painfully):

My expertise at finding silver linings?

My ability to focus on the positive?

To date, neither has totally reduced the sometimes-crushing 

weight of our oft-dark World that surprisingly leaves me – 

a Cubs Fan! – wobbly, unable to navigate.

Fortunately, the two inspirational quotes I keep in view on my 

real-life desk top broadcast a qualifying NEVERTHELESS.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s words help me steady my footing, 

look up and find my way.

He’d been asked if given the choice, what era would he live in?  

He acknowledged his land’s troubles and confusion, messes 

and sicknesses.

     “But I know, somehow,” he said, “that only when it’s dark 

       enough can you see the stars.”

(Curly Girl Designs)     

The Dark, I’ve learned, can indeed be a Good Thing.

So, thirty-three days into this New Year, I continue to focus all of 

me on the Anyones and Anythings who and that gift me with joy, 

wonder, cause for celebration and/or prompt me to count my 

blessings on a quarter-hour basis.

All those lights, all those nouns, especially the Proper ones, keep 

me keepin’ on.

Ah, the Possibilities!


But even more important, I learned all those lights empower me so 

can do the same for others.

They recharge my batteries so I can burn bright, so I can light the 

way enabling others to keep keepin’ on.

                                                       (Mary Lou Falstreau)

L.R. Knost’s words remind me. “The broken world waits in 

darkness for the light that is you.” 

Ah, the opportunities!

 Thanks to Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading for hosting 

today’s Poetry Friday. 

 In signing off, I can’t help but recall the motto of my family’s 

electrician Moish Dove who happened to be my father’s lodge 

brother.  “Let there be light!”

Esther Hershenhorn


My go-to sources for inspirational cards that help to keep me, 

and thus everyone I know and love, keepin’ on?

Curly Girl Designs and Marylou Falstreau’s Cards and Prints!


Carmela Martino said...

I love that our words are so similar, Esther. Perhaps your wonderful optimism is rubbing off on me! Here's to a LIGHT-filled year for us both! <3

Linda Mitchell said...

I love this post! I too have been caught at the curb of darkness, not willing to step out into the street. I just don't want to move forward until things are as I like them. But, really, if I turn around there are so many lights of people, places, and experiences that buoy me. Thank you for the beautiful way you wrote this. Let there be light!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanks, Carmela and Linda, for taking the time to share your wishes and thoughts.
A light-filled year is just what the Dr. ordered, Carmela!
And, I love that image, Linda, of "curb of darkness"...
Thank Goodness we reside in the ever-hopeful Children's Book World!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Yes, Esther, your whole post is a poem to Light, bringing it to "the ever-hopeful children's book world..." We're the ones privileged to carry light into dark places.

April Halprin Wayland said...

PS: Love those graphics as much as I love you free- verse poem of a post!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

I'm late in reading your comment, April.
THANK YOU for your Kind Words!
We're a Mutual Admiration Society!