Tiffany decided to give a lantern to Sarah because it holds special significance. Like the light a lantern casts in the darkness, Tiffany has lived in the moment, guided by the light that emanates around her; she had loved every minute of living her life that way. There's a certain freedom and clarity that comes from living this way.
If you've recently applied for a job and been turned down, the phrase "at this time" probably is not clear and freeing. The sentiment expressed in a rejection letter reads like this, "While we received many qualified applications, we are unable to move you in to the next round of interviews 'at this time'. It's the HR equivalent of "yada yada yada". When are you moving me into the interviews? Next month? Next year? Next time Halley's comet comes around?
Think, just think, for one moment how ridiculous that phrase sounds in other contexts:
-We're sorry, but our Kool-Aid stand is out of grape at this time.
-My girlfriend and I are not engaging in intercourse at this time.
-Uncle Benny cannot remember the years 1967-1972 at this time.
-Currently, the firetruck is out of water at this time.
-The defibrillator is not working at this time.
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-Favorite tongue twister: She sells sea shells down by the seashore.
-If the singer Lonestar was meeting a date at Lonestar Steakhouse, what might he call her and tell her prior to the date?: Giddy up? [How about 'I'm already there'?]
-If Doris Day sang "Que Sarah, Sarah" (Whatever will be, will be), what would be the exception to that for you?: Nothing will get between me and my trip to Kamchatka, the far eastern side of Russia, assuming it's in a non-volcanic state.
-You've grown up and worked on a farm. What catastrophic event generated the expression 'bought the farm'?: Something that had to do with a water spout.