A light blub is a good analogy of how you may view life. Each blub has a life expectancy, no matter if it is for 100 hours or seven years. Our expectations and actions also have a life expectancy and reflects the way we view life at different times in our lives.
The bulb lasting 100 hours burns bright and then suddenly ends. A seven year blub produces a less brilliant light but can sustain their light over many years before extinguishing.
In life we find ourselves like the 100 hours blub, burning bright with no regard for the consequences. Much like I was as a teenager, ten foot tall and bullet proof with no fear of death. As I grew older getting closer to the end of my 100 hours of bulb’s life, now married to a wonderful woman who gave me two beautiful daughters, I saw then perhaps burning bright all the time is not required to make your mark on the world.
My mark on life is my family and how they go forward. Now with grandchildren, my blub burns bright but at a constant light. Mentoring them and telling stories of years long past.
Now as a seven year blub, I can see my grandchildren grow and prosper as I see my mark on the world grow as well through my family.
The Moral of the Story: Family will sustain you and bring your light forward many generations after your bulb has reached its life expectancy. Don’t burn out your blub before you have generated more blubs to continue your light.