「Oops sorry! Sorry!」
It was on Christmas Eve. I did not notice him until I turned the lights on.
“Oops sorry! Sorry!” I broke the silence and quickly switched them off again. The man was doing dishes under soft light from a little lamp - so little and gentle as a Christmas candle.
“Isn’t this more romantic?”
“I don’t ask for more when it’s time to rest,” he said. Our minds and bodies do not always own the same personality. Bodies stick with the nature when we always desire going further. The nature gives us day and night to work and rest; we complain about having not enough time, so we make use of electricity and torture our bodies. Do we really need that much time, that much light, though?
Having more and more is having too much.
Too many emails. Too much information. Too much work to do. Too many “too much” - now it becomes hard to see what’s genuinely important to us.
With the little “candle light” we had this talk until midnight. There were two churches in the neighbourhood. Church bells rang and clanged from the two sides together, showing exactly how jubilant Christmas is with the double level of volume.
“Silent night, holy night.”
Illustration by EmptyPot