A Totem?

“It is impossible for light not to get noticed,
especially in the dark.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
Zimbabwean-born and Canadian-based Philosopher.


Several Christmases ago, among other things, my daughter gave me a salt lamp. Since that time, the lamp has glowed 24/7.  I never switch it off. I have had to change the bulb on occasion, but that was the only short time it hasn’t glowed in my living room.

With the door open into the living room, it is a reminder during the night, that tomorrow will come and with it, the light.

But on arriving home on March 21 from my brief dog-sitting stay at my son’s house, I found my lamp was off. Unfortunately, this coincided with day one of the imposed lockdown of seniors here in New Zealand. Added to that, the electrical supplier is open only until mid-day on Saturday, so my lamp has to remain off until such time as I can purchase a bulb.

And now my thoughts trundle around and I think this will be my totem. Once the pandemic is under control, and life returns to some kind of ‘normalcy’, my lamp will glow brightly once again with a new bulb

And then I remember the wartime song, bringing hope and lightness into the very darkest days of World War Two.

When the lights go on again all over the world
A kiss won’t mean “goodbye” but “hello to love”
When the lights go on again all over the world
And the ships will sail again all over the world
Then we’ll have time for things like wedding rings
and free hearts will sing
When the lights go on again all over the world.”
And for those of you who are not even nearly as old as me, here’s the link to Dame Vera singing this song during the war. Perhaps it can bring hope to us during this dark time when there is so little to celebrate.
Meantime my lamp will stand as a reminder that there are ways and means to lighten the darkness.
“The most precious light is the one that
visits you in your darkest hour!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Turkish author and playwright .1965 –



11 responses to “A Totem?

  1. Your relighting your salt lamp is a symbol that I will look forward to.

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    • Thanks, Anne. It’s only after something is missing that you realise how important even the small things are in your life. Unfortunately, I think it will be several weeks before things return to normal and I am able to buy bulbs for the lamp.

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  2. You know how much I love song and verse. The whole thing is perfect for the hereandnow. LOVE THIS

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  3. I’ve got a salt lamp, too, gifted to me by a dear friend one Christmas. I still can’t wrap my mind around how comforting the thing is when it’s lit. Here’s hoping you’ll find bulbs for yours soon!


    • Isn’t it amazing how we don’t know how important something is until we no longer have it? I just have to wait for tge lockdown to be lifted so I can buy the bulbs. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. An apt metaphor for today. I’ve never heard that song. Appreciated listening and seeing those images too. Thank you!


  5. The lamp represents a great of hope for the future. We should all have a symbol like that to reminds us of better times coming. Thank you for sharing your story and words.


    • Thank you so much for commenting. We are back to Alert Level 2 so I have bought tHe necessary bulb and several spare. It is strange how much I missed that glow when it was out.


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