Share Your Light

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Light. This short, five letter word is electrifying. For some of us, it refers to the tangible light we can see. When the sun rises and sets, it beams rays across the sky. The lights we turn off at night and on in the morning make our surroundings visible. The concept of “light” serves as a comparison (versus heavy) of that which we carry in our hands or hearts. There are multiple definitions of this seemingly simple word. “Light” shifts within sentences as a noun, verb, adjective, and more.

I’ve been utilizing, listening to, reading about, and pondering this word quite often. The word “light” is also used in mystical and religious settings. Spiritual leaders are beacons of light when they speak and sing. Their leadership and insight illuminates synagogues, churches, and other sacred spaces.

Light is symbolic in several holidays that are celebrated this month. Hanukkah is referred to as the “Festival of Lights.” According to the story, there was only enough oil for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days and eight nights. A menorah is visibly displayed while prayers are said, latkes are devoured, and dreidels are spun.

Tomorrow, Christmas will be celebrated with cheer, carols, and customs such as family meals and gifts. Trees stand majestically in homes across the world. Colorful, creative ornaments adorn branches. Exterior decor and twinkling lights brighten windows, front yards, and rooftops; they reflect world-wide festivity. 

Kwanzaa is another holiday that honors the heritage in African-American culture. It’s observed from December 26 to January 1. It culminates in a feast and gift-giving. A kinara, which is comprised of seven candles, is used to symbolize seven core principles.

For those who celebrate any/all of these holidays, please pause while you participate in your tradition or ritual. As wicks are lit and candles flicker, send beams of loving energy to the world. Please consider that for some people the holidays bring pain rather than healing, sadness rather than joy, tears rather than laughter. Lighting another person’s flame spreads mutual, compassionate, and radiant fire. We all need more light and love.

There are lightgivers who illuminate us in secular settings, too. You know them well. Family. Friends. Children. Teachers. Doctors. Animals. They embrace us daily. I encourage you to broaden your awareness of those who shine brightly. Acknowledge the light you receive from them and share it with others.

Sadly, several souls I’ve met during my life crave and demand the spotlight. I am sure you have encountered these light suckers as well. These insecure, self-centered people do not realize that lighting another soul’s candle will not dim their own. In fact, kindling and honoring others’ light brightens our entire planet.

In a time where darkness is potent and pervasive, we must kindle our collective flame now more than ever. We can do this in small ways such as smiling at a stranger. What may seem minor to you could brighten another’s day. We can spread light in broader ways such as reigniting an old friendship, volunteering in various capacities, or helping those in need.

We must acknowledge the shade within ourselves to find our own light. As Brene Brown eloquently said, “The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”  Light also represents truth, purity, direction, and beginnings.

The moon magically casts her luminous glow on the darkest nights. Stars shine brightest in the blackest sky. During this holiday season, let us not deny the shadows that surround us. See them for what or who they are and leave them behind. Realize the radiance within your own soul and beam your light onto others. For without this contrast, we wouldn’t as deeply appreciate the light.

11 Comments on “Share Your Light”

  1. Thanks Dara – it’s so refreshing to read my own thoughts in your beautiful words. You forgot one thing – the way you light up a room when you enter it. That’s one of your loveliest attributes. Happy Light-times my friend.

    1. Thank you, Marcia. You are one of the lightgivers about which I wrote–keep shining your beautiful light! xo

  2. That was an incredible blog post! It was very touching, except yes you did forget something…
    Whenever you walk into a room, no matter if it’s a sad time or a happy time you always brighten at least one person’s face. You are my inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. I read your blog every week and will continue. I look forward to continuing to read your new stories you have to share every week.

  3. Wow Dara – you really brought the word “light” to life in this piece. So beautiful and profound. I also think about Jesus being the light of the world for Christians. So many meanings for one simple word. I loved it!

  4. Your story rings true for me and I’m sure for others. It’s beautifully written and teaches readers a life lesson. Yes, we must keep “light suckers” at a distance for they will attempt to diminish the light inside of us. Love you for you are the light in my life.

  5. This is so powerful. Light comes in so many shapes and sizes. Thank you for lighting up all of our lives with your insight. Xo

  6. WOW! I really loved this. Thanks so much for spreading your light and reminding us to keep spreading ours.

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