Changing Light Bulbs

Autumn Moon, original oil painting by Steve Henderson

From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Steve Says:

How many people does it take to change a light bulb?

The joke varies — the people could be Norwegians, like me, or Poles, like Carolyn, or accountants or artists or writers or computer software writers.

Generally derogatory but not always, light bulb jokes form a genre all of their own, and there are websites that focus exclusively on the issue.

The punchline, however, generally involves a number between 2 and 99, with a witticism slipped in, like this:

How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?

None. It will change when it’s ready.

So, back to the original question: how many people does it take to change a light bulb?

One. Just one.

When something needs to be done, like changing a light bulb (or replacing the toilet paper in the roll, Carolyn adds), or any other problem that we walk by and identify, generally, a solution can be found by one person.

When a person is being made fun of behind their back, it only takes one person to speak up and say that what is going on is wrong.

When the person in front of us trips and spills there groceries, it only takes one person — us —

Autumn Dance by Steve Henderson

to reach out and help them pick the groceries up.

When circumstances in our life are not what we want them to be, it may not take just one person — us — to effect a solution, but it definitely takes one person — us — to be the most committed and serious about finding that solution.

We live in a society where it seems like little that we do is of any value — if we’re not famous, brilliant, or possessors of immense wealth, we feel as if what we do doesn’t matter, somehow.

But when it’s dark outside, we’re the only ones home, and the light bulb goes out, there’s only one person qualified in the area to replace it.

And that’s no joke.

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