Lumen Accipe et Imperti

Lumen Accipe et Imperti
(Receive the light & pass it on).

This is the motto of my old High School, Rongotai College, I didn’t think to much of it then, but the older I get the more I realise that it is increasingly relevant.

The knowledge and experience we all have inside us will pass to nothing when we die unless we pass on the flame to others while we live.

Socrates describes education as follows  “Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame.” How true this is; the passing of the flame of knowledge/passion/values/vision/faith to the next generation is vitally important.

Let me encourage everyone that the life-skills, knowledge and the experience you have is valuable and important to others. It is your job to share that knowledge. Remember that when one candle lights another the first does not diminish, it is vital to pass your skills and gifting on to others.

Be a mentor or a coach, be an encourager, be a leader, be a significant person in the life of someone else that they can grow and achieve great things, things that we can hardly imagine.

Pass the flame onto others.

Lumen Accipe et Imperti

Paul S Allen

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me:

Posted on 20/03/2010, in Business Development, Church, Faith and Personal Development, Leadership and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I just noticed this in your bio on Twitter. Great saying! Glad to be connected and working in the same direction. One other thought is that we do more of this than we think. When we put others first and model the concept, it is seen, first by those that know us but also by those that don’t. You never know who’s watching. The question is, what are they seeing?


    • Thanks Mike, It is so true that the way we live is always influencing people and we need to always keep in check our attitudes ensuring we walk with integrity. A task at times I think we can all battle with.

  2. Funnily enough, it also used to be the motto of my old school to. Farnworth Grammar School, UK ( Although, it was Accipe Lumen Atque Imperti

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