How to Be a Lightening Bug

by jane arie baldwin

My father was a great minister. … One time he had all of us together — children and everything. It was night, and he was giving us lessons. There was a lightning bug flying, and he reached and he grabbed one. … He held it in his hand and he said, ‘What is this lightning bug doing?’ I said, ‘Well it’s making a light.’ And he put it in his jacket and he says, ‘That’s right. It cannot contain its light. It must make that light. And so you do the same thing in life. … You better always pursue the best, look for the best in others, and do your best.’    —- John White, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist