“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson …
I really love this quote by Emerson. Here, he simply implies that we often times are our own worst enemy when it comes to happiness, prosperity, and all the positive things in life. We choose how react to our experiences in life, and we choose the attitudes we present to others and ourselves.
Who of us has not cast a shadow on our own life by standing in our own sunshine at some point in life? We routinely create and cast shadows over our own abilities. Perhaps the words of a parent crippled your ability to feel confident in yourself, or perhaps the criticism after a game made you feel out of place. Doing things like allowing ourselves to feel depressed or defeated only serves to block out the radiant glow and sparkle of our beings. Why do we not allow ourselves to be enough, even when we know we are enough?
It is very important that we are aware of how our own choices and decisions affect our lives. Spending a little time in reflection can allow us a chance to do just that. It can also help us to focus on our potential and encourage us to keep a healthy attitude.
If there were one simple–yet powerful–thing we can do for ourselves and for the world, it would be not to stand in our own light. We each have the ability to be a positive model of possibility and potential to ourselves and to those around us–to be the sun that brightens our day, and not the shadow that keeps the light out of our life.
Take a moment to equip yourself with a positive attitude today, and then let the sunshine of potential and possibilities shine through you.
Questions to consider:
Why might we tend to stand in our own sunshine?
What kinds of wonderful possibilities do you have, based on your gifts and talents? Do you exercise those gifts and talents?
How might you step out of the way of your own sunshine to allow it to shine fully and freely?
For further thought:
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~ Pope John Paul XXIII