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That Spark Keeps Lighting Other Torches

Watching the funerals of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain moved me, as they should. Wondering why it takes the death of someone for us to explore and express the beauty and fortitude they’re living. 

All the accomplishments and all the goodness of a persons life on display, for now we can appreciate and praise them. What took us so long?

Seeing public services like these reminds me that a common thread between all our lives is caring. We highlight the good because we are inherently good.

The eclecticism of the people they’ve touched asks me to take time. To review.

Take time. Slow down.

Look around and all the good people. Our friends and our family’s and our partners. What are they doing that is good and just? What can we learn from them and how can we help?

Take time. Slow down. I wonder how, instead of polarizing our political parties, we could get to the core of our caring: How can we better educate and support our children as people and not a political party? Because admitting it or not, we don’t know where our next great president, or scientist, or surgeon is coming from. 

Take time. Slow down. Support our artists, and actors, and musicians — because maybe their poem or painting or movie or song will give spark to some young man or young women’s life. Perhaps that spark keeps lighting other torches — and the wide eyed kid at Aretha Franklin Park becomes the inspiration that raises our great nation.


About The Artist

Richard is an online writer for the platform The Power of the Heart and Thrive Global. Find his latest book here He is the creator of, No Fear Friday (TM), and songwriter at Rick Eva Music. A social change artist, partner of John, lover of sandy beaches, and addicted to 90% dark chocolate, with a bucket list that includes going to the Azores to feel his grandparents land. 

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