Light illuminates the way through obstacles and makes your path visible.
Light can give hope, inspiration, strength, and courage to go on despite difficulties. Light can also symbolize divinity and the presence of a higher power. What does light signify in your life?
During these COVID-19 times, you’re bombarded daily with negativity whenever you watch the news and read your social media feed. So, what does it mean to shine your light in these dark times? I’ve heard it said that “Light is love and love is light.” Shining your light is reflecting love to yourself, others, and the world.
Here are ways you can shine your light:
>> Cultivate your inner light. As with anything in life, you have to start with yourself. Find out your Why, your reason for being, your life’s purpose. In doing so, you achieve clarity of who you are, your values, and what you want to achieve.
>> Share your joy. You make your light shine when you do something that you enjoy; it could be your hobby, skill, or talent. Sharing your joy with others can spread happiness. (You might even inspire others to shine their own light.)
>> Believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you give yourself the leverage to succeed. Even when you’re faced with fear, insecurities, and self-doubt, you still push on. There will be times when you stumble; you’re only human, after all. Believing in yourself will put you back on track and catapult you into achieving your personal best.
>> Appreciate it when others shine their light on you. They could give you smiles that light up their faces. They might share their talents and skills. They could even spend time listening to your dreams and problems. When you let others know that you value them and show your gratitude, you multiply the light.
>> Take time to nourish yourself. Develop a self-care routine. Create your own list of ways you can nourish yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Shining your light can take its toll sometimes. Make time to rest and recharge your inner light.
In these times, dark clouds of confusion, pain, hate, anger, and suffering permeate your consciousness. Find your light and allow it to develop you into a better version of yourself. Let the sunshine of love, compassion, understanding warm your heart again. What the world needs now is more light. Shine your light to the world.
Now, I would like to share the poem I wrote when I was 13. It’s entitled “Life has a purpose”:
I have a lot of dreams
So many things I want to be
Yet I’m so frightened
To be just simple old me.
I can’t help worrying
So many problems come my way
Why can’t things go right
I long to have a better day
But if life were truly perfect
I doubt I’d find contentment
For in every trial I face
There comes a need for discernment.
Now my goal is to achieve
In bringing light to shine for all
Regardless of who or what they are
So they can respond fully to God’s call.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Stay healthy and safe, everyone.