Always On



I’ve been thinking about the last two posts I’ve written and without committing to them for the long haul we’re not bringing about change.

A lightbulb located in a firehouse in Livermore, California has been on continually for 108 years. This low-watt bulb has a carbon filament and has been named the planet’s longest continuously burning bulb by both Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. This little light bulb has its own website, and draws a million hits a year. It even has a “bulb cam” where you can actually check to see if the bulb is still working. It’s never been turned off. In fact, most agree that the fact that it has stayed on is the key to its longevity.

I wonder if this little light bulb offers a lesson in life. The conventional wisdom would be that it isn’t possible to stay “on” all the time. Most would think that we might burn out. I’m just not sure that’s true. I tend to think that people burn out, not because they work too hard, but because they are working in a job that doesn’t fit them, a job that doesn’t provide fulfillment, or a job that we’re doing only for money.

I’m fighting to stay turned on. If I get turned off, I might not get started again.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Bring it. Breathe, Spirit, Breathe.

    That's wisdom, Matt. See you at Cultivate.