Here Comes the Sun
It was one of my most favorite Beatles’ song and one of their hits written by George Harrison. “here comes the sun; Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces; Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here; Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say “It’s all right.”
Sunshine is often seen as the enemy nowadays and we certainly should respect its power to harm our skin. Tanning may seem fashionable but it really is a sign that our skin has suffered harm. The sun is not the culprit, however, and does have many beneficial qualities for us. The simplest, of course, is indicated in the song above. When we see the sun, things just seem happier and the world shines brighter.
The sun is a source of great power and no one realized that and used it more efficiently than the “Sun Queen”, Maria Telkes. Maria completed her undergraduate degree in physical chemistry at the age of twenty in her home country of Hungary. After earning a Ph.D. four years later she immigrated to the United States and worked as a biophysicist performing research involving life-transformative energy. Fourteen years later she accepted a position in solar energy research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She would also become a professor in metallurgy while at MIT.
During World War Ii, Maria Telkes was a trusted civilian advisor to the US Office of Scientific Research and Development. She invented a distilling system which utilized solar energy in the conversion of the salty seawater to safe potable drinking water. Salt was separated from the ocean water through vaporization and then recooled into drinking water. Maria’s system was invaluable as the scale of its output could be changed so that enough fresh water could be provided to a small ship ort an entire town.
Two solar energy houses were built under Maria Telkes guidance, both of which are in use today. The advantages of using solar energy as an energy source are indisputable. We could discuss such for hours but the point of this post is to honor the efforts of female inventors like Dr. Maria Telkes and think about how their examples can apply to our own lives.
Maria Telkes cared passionately for finding a renewable energy source. As humans we have our own way of sharing energy with another person. It is called a smile. A simple smile can also brighten a person’s day, much like the sun does the earth. The common courtesy of a smile can warm the heart and provide psychological fuel to keep someone believing in themselves.
I hope we do not think the world revolves around us like the planets revolve around the sun. We can, nonetheless, be a bright beacon in someone’s universe by sharing courteous smiles and displaying good manners. Like the sun, such an energy force costs very little – just a wee bit of effort that gives enormous dividends! First try it on yourself. Before you answer the phone the next time, smile in a mirror and then answer. You’ll see. Your voice sounds cheerier and no matter the news, you will feel empowered. Be someone’s energy source tomorrow. Be your own renewable energy today and you’ll discover “It’s all right.”