Our Moral Compass Podcast (Episode 292): Be Someone Else’s Light, Don’t Extinguish It

Welcome to the Our Moral Compass Podcast. Each daily reading focuses on a different quote on how we can best apply it to our own moral compass and one of the five areas in Social Emotional Learning: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. Thank you for listening and we hope you consider subscribing to the podcast for future episodes.

Be Someone Else’s Light, Don’t Extinguish It

“Blowing out someone else’s candles won’t make yours burn any brighter.”


One of the books that I think the students at my school enjoyed the most that we read as an administrative team was called A Flicker Of Hope by Julia Cook. The premise of this book was obviously one of Hope which can be wishing for a better tomorrow for ourselves or for others. It reminded our students that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else. The moment I read today’s quote my mind went immediately to this book and its message as there is such a strong correlation between the two. We should never intentionally extinguish someone else’s light thinking that it will somehow make ours shine brighter because it won’t. It is when we do our part, when someone that we care about needs our light to help reignite theirs. We are their flicker of hope and they are ours. It’s just that simple.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?

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“Relaxing Piano Music” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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