Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Be the light

I hope you had a good (long) weekend. I spent the "extra" day dealing with website technical issues, but as a result, it forced me to finally invest in some new functionality and a new look. I would greatly appreciate if you would leave me a quick comment (or send me an email) giving me some honest feedback. Thank you.

I also spent some time reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

His powerful, timeless words serve as an inspiration. I internalized so much negativity and sadness in the world last year and often felt overwhelmed and helpless.

But I'm not helpless. I am guilty of forgetting to be the light and love in this world. And I don't have to look any further than my own children for a lesson. They know no hate or envy, and approach life with hope and uninhibited love.

As we were leaving school last week, we witnessed an older brother shove his younger brother off the sidewalk into the mud. He immediately started crying and his father, clueless to the prior events, scolded him. My (normally very shy) daughter, walked past him, gave him a smile and quietly asked, "Are you okay?" He nodded and smiled back.

That small gesture didn't change his life, but I like to think she provided him some light in an otherwise dark moment. It made me think, how often am I asking others if they are "okay?" How often has busyness, assumptions, judgements or even jealousy prevented me from showing love and compassion?

I have noticed something in my own life recently. When I have been able to forgive, love, smile, support someone's passion, the light is reflected back to me. Doing this on a small scale, brightens the darkness in my mind and fills me with a sense of fulfillment and love; and we can all use more of that in our lives.

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