At my Friday morning Toastmasters meeting, a fellow member gave a speech about creating your own light in this world and being your own hero. At the beginning of his speech he walked around the room and passed out a plain piece of paper. On that plain piece of paper he asked us to draw what we think about when we here the word, light. The above picture is what I think about when I here the word light. It’s a poorly drawn lighting bolt but it made me think about why lightning is important to me.

Lightning gives us a glimmer of light in the dark. It can be scary but the same form of electricity that creates lightning powers almost everything we own. It powers this iPhone that I’m currently using to finish this post. We depend on it to keep our businesses running, run some of our cars, keep the lights on in our home, cook are food, heat our house, and most importantly allow are body to function.

When I think about light, I think about life. I think about the joy and happiness it brings to you and those around you. It determines our mood, when we start and end our day, and what kind of food we can grow. 

Why does lightning cause thunder?

“Thunder is cause by lightning due to the sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom.”

via Wikipedia 

What picture would you draw when you hear the word light?
Image by Corey Keller