“Inside all of us is a light, but some beacons are darker than others, and some are so dark they never realize they are a form of light at all.” – Courtney M. Privett
Whether we know it or not, and whether we choose to accept it or not, we each are a light to the rest of the world. There is a light filled with love, compassion, understanding, empathy, courage, faith, and so much more, that is within each of us, ready to shine brightly as a beacon for others in this world–a beacon to offer some of our own light to help them find theirs. But we have to realize it is there; and we have to add fuel to it to keep it burning brightly; and then we have to make use of it–illuminating the darkened paths before ourselves and those around us.
If we hide our light out of fear of being different, or fear of being made fun of, or fear of change, we are doing the world a disservice–no one benefits by me being “small.” And if I only shine dimly–for the same reasons or because I feel insignificant in comparison to those whose light is easy to see–I risk mediocrity.
We can each have a visible impact in the lives of others if we allow ourselves to be just who we are. Our ideas are valuable, our insights can help others, and our presence can make others feel secure enough to step out of the darkness and shine brightly for all to see.
Life is journey–a search for self-fulfillment. And if we let our light shine before us, and for others to see, the journey will be much easier than travelling in the dark. Have courage; shine your light for all to see. And when they see your courage–when they see your light shining brightly before them–their hearts will come aglow, for you will have lit a spark within them as well.
Let your “light” shine brightly today.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the things your light is made up of?
Does light have any effect when it is covered up and not allowed to shine? Do you cover your light up so that others cannot always see it? If so, how?
What would this world be like if everyone allowed their inner light to shine without thinking about the fears that tend to keep it hidden?
For further thought:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson