The LightHouse Keeper

The lighthouse keeper Hans Petur Kjærbo is cha...

The lighthouse keeper Hans Petur Kjærbo is changing the bulbs in the lighthouse of Akraberg, which is the southernmost place in Suðuroy and in the Faroe Islands, except for Flesjarnar (scerries). He lived in Akraberg for some years, but moved away after the Christmas hurricane in Dec. 1988. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The year 2012 is slowly drawing to a close and I can’t help but reflect on so many things that has happened to me and the beautiful people I am privilege to have rubbed minds with. And while reflecting, the lighthouse keeper came vividly to my subconscious mind. I have mulled over the duties of a lighthouse keeper for days on end, their usefulness, are they necessary? Or just an oddity to be added to a necessary feature? And it hit me with a bang, lighthouse keepers are SAVIOURS, they prevent catastrophes from occurring, according to Wikipedia and I quote;

A lighthouse keeper is the person responsible for tending and caring for a lighthouse, particularly the light and lens in the days when oil lamps and clockwork mechanisms were used. Keepers were needed to trim the wicks, replenish fuel, wind clockworks and perform maintenance tasks such as cleaning lenses and windows. Electrification and other automated improvements such as remote monitoring and automatic bulb changing made paid keepers resident at the lights unnecessary. In the US, periodic maintenance of the lights is now performed by visiting Coast Guard Aids to Navigation teams.”

You all know I must be heading somewhere with this but just check this out again, also by Wikipedia;

English: North Reef Lighthouse, Queensland - L...

English: North Reef Lighthouse, Queensland – Lighthouse keeper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbours, and can also help in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the cost of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems.”

We all have our ”lighthouse keepers” and I think we should be thankful  for having them in our lives. We should appreciate, nurture and never allow them disappear from our lives. Our ”lighthouse keepers” could be our spouses, our friends, our families, colleagues at work, writers who inspired us by their works, it could even be something we read in our blogging community because I can testify to it that I have been nourished by incredible posts written by people in this beautiful community, I am blessed and eternally grateful to such great writers!

Love ? I love love love you.

Love ? I love love love you. (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

You all know my quotes by now, life is too short… Live well, love well, appreciate your friends and people who have been sources of blessings and inspiration to you, ignore people who put you down, forgive quickly so you don’t rot, be a source of blessing to others and 2013 will be a great year indeed if you abide by these rules (wink)!

I just want to say to all my wonderful readers, you are my ”light keepers, my friends” and I appreciate every one of you.

My eldest son celebrated his tenth birthday today! Hooray!! I am also working furiously to release the second edition of my novel, ‘The Feet Of Darkness,” (Wish me luck) and ”Tales Of Five Lies” is doing okay, thanks to friends like Danny Breslin, who read it on his kindle and posted a wonderful review!

And to everyone who has nominated me for awards, I thank you and love you all.

Love and Peace!

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30 comments on “The LightHouse Keeper

  1. Nice uplifting post. If someone close to you can be trusted to watch your six, and inspires you, you have found something good indeed.

    Those are fine rules for a new year (or any year).

  2. Clark Kent says:

    Thank you for all of your words that captured my heart I have nominated you for blogger of the year 2012. Thank you for touching my existence in the way you have! With love CK! http://wp.me/p2ML45-We

  3. gatesitter says:

    Lovely post. Thank you for the inspiring thoughts. Love and Peace to you also.

  4. Would love to tour one:)

  5. artisticmilestone says:

    Wonderful advice! Happy birthday to your 10 yr old and Good Luck with your two novel Seyi ! :)

  6. TheGirl says:

    Hi I’m new to the blogging world and I find your message inspiring! Have a happy end of the year, and I hope the new year brings better memories and connections.

  7. Freddiejay says:

    Wow, I love the way you tied that all together. Your writing flows so beautifully ,you re an amazing talent and a beautiful person.

  8. Love the light house analogy. I too really enjoy this blogging community. Fabulous people like yourself, striving to make the world a better place. Thank you.

  9. iamforchange says:

    I love your pages and your form of self expression, it is a pleasure to have you share your gifts through your pages Thank you. I have nominated you for blog of the Year please visit my page Blog of the year awards and nominations Thank you!
    Posted on December 9, 2012

  10. snowgood says:

    All British lighthouses are automatic now, but if you get the chance see the one at the Scillies off Cornwall. I don’t think I’d have fancied working there – the waves would crash up to two thirds of the way up the structure.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I know, most lighthouses in the world are automatic now, I guess it’s the cost of maintenance but that aside, lighthouses and their keepers help people travelling in such treacherous conditions which was the point of my post. And I think it’s a sort of calling to be a lighthouse keeper, it must be a lonely job but very noble!
      Thanks for your comment Snowman-:)

  11. plaridel says:

    it’s so easy for light keepers to be taken for granted especially when they do their job well. ’tis the season to tell them that they matter. thanks for reminding us.

  12. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    LOVE & PEACE to you too, Seyisandra. Your blog is chock full of quality posts, you know…

  13. ajaytao2010 says:

    Seyi you are lovely.

    Love you & your pics & your poems my friend

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