You Can’t Be a Beacon If Your Light Don’t Shine – Daily Quote


The news has changed. Sure, we are overwhelmed by statistics, infection rates, death counts, and updated stay-at-home orders. And there are still the non-rush hour, rush hour traffic reports followed by the weather forecast. But the tone and focus of the remaining newscasts have a subtle difference. There is more banter between the on-set anchors and those working from their home offices. The viewers have been granted glimpses of children’s toys strewn under their desks, camera stealing felines and the unexpected normal interruptions of home life.

Broadcasts have featured Rockhopper penguins touring the shuttered Shedd Aquarium to visit the exhibits and sharing their explorations on Facebook. They have treated us to Batesburg-Leesville S.C. police officers live-streaming as they read books to kids. At the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, orthopedic Drs. Elvis L. Francois and William Robinson sing and play piano, respectively, after the completion of their shifts. Their most recent rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” has gone viral.

Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart, who has logged over 60 appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, is performing a daily recital of Shakespeare’s sonnets on his Twitter account. DJs, singers, bands, and others are hosting live-streaming “virtual parties” and “virtual concerts” on various platforms. Inspired by Italians singing from balconies and open windows, similar serenades have happened in Edmonton, Chicago, Dallas, and other cities.

Every one of these events, each modest gesture, is a shining beacon of hope. For every light that gains national and world attention, countless others are touching one person or a small group of total strangers. Even when we defeat the virus, my hope is we remember these acts and continue to connect with each other. Maybe, finally, the world will be as one.

How will you let your light shine today?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

18 thoughts on “You Can’t Be a Beacon If Your Light Don’t Shine – Daily Quote

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  2. I love the way we are all rallying in order to beat this thing and connect with each other.
    This is what humans do best, isn’t it, in times of great hardship?


  3. Great post! It is one positive thing amidst these troubling times, at how people have tried to be a beacon and shine their light to others! That’s what will keep us going! I try to bring smiles by my writings, one can never overload on smiles! Take Care and stay well as you keep your light shining!

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  4. In answer to the question, I posted a poem about play. That’s probably as much beaconing as I’ll do today.

    Thank you for emphasizing the small, good changes that are happening. If we all become more human at this time, it will be a better thing. Maybe the only one (short of the announcement of a cure).

    I didn’t know Patrick Stewart was reading sonnets. Thank you, too, for this word.

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    • That is fabulous, Christopher. ❤ There is a thought that someone, somewhere, needs what you have to say today. I like that idea.

      Yes Patrick Stewart’s readings are incredible. I find myself replaying them because they end too soon. I hope you enjoy them.


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