I am blessed with a front door that faces the east and aligns to the sunrise. When the light streams in, it reminds me to greet the day and allow the light.
How will I enjoy my light today? Where will I share my light today? Surely there is some way I can contribute. Lighten someone’s day, lighten my heart. Live true, live my light. Inspire someone to venture in the direction of their light.
It doesn’t just happen. You’ve got to maintain that light of yours. Cobwebs collect when you’ve left it in the shadows, forgetting that it’s for you to take care of and value, that it’s not someone else’s responsibility.
While sorting through some papers the other day, this piece fell out, reminding me to ask myself where was I at. Fearful of what others might think, of dreaming big. Of simply being me? Or am I finally at a point where I enjoy who I am and more than enjoy the skin I’m in, do I push myself to keep going forward, learning more about me. I’m not finished yet, I believe there is so much more to me that is waiting to be discovered.
“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 and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your ‘playing small’ doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our 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.”
Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech in 1994
I spent many years holding back, being small, so others would feel better about themselves. But it didn’t work for them and it wasn’t healthy for me.
When I read this piece the first time, I finally understood why.
Sweep away the cobwebs and allow the colour, the uniqueness, the brilliance of your light to turn on and shine. Remember, “playing small doesn’t serve the world.”
This blog is for my brother Storm. November 2nd. He is now fifty. Someone who has never lived small. He has taken care of his light. From the time he was a boy he had the courage to turn it on and keep it on. He serves the world by being who he is. You inspire me, thank you. Love you.
Photos by; Sharon Cooke