What I love about quotes and words is that no matter what you write, it will affect people differently based on who they are, their life experiences, and perspective. I wrote this quote after feeling like I was changing who I was or acting a certain way to make other people feel better. Meanwhile I was feeling worse. I didn’t like what I was saying, how I was acting, and what I was eating.
Shining your light or dimming it can be taken in very different ways as I learned in my journaling workshop. Some said their light was a gift. Others said that it was different in certain stages of your life. Some choices are made for you as a child whereas in adulthood you may have more chances to shine.
My light is that inner guide that keeps me on track. It grows brighter when I’m feeding my mind, body, and soul what it needs to grow. It’s when I reach out to someone to comfort them in the midst of discomfort, because that’s who I am. It’s when I continue to reach for my dreams, no matter what roadblocks are thrown my way. It’s when I show love in the best way I know how and that may include a hug. It’s not worrying what people think of me, because I live through love and from my heart.
I can go back to specific times in my childhood and remember words and actions that dimmed my light. Bullying, being called hurtful names, being told it’s just a dream.
But I also remember times when my light brilliantly exploded into the world and gave hope to others.
I have to take responsibility for my light. Sometimes I shut off the switch and plunge myself in darkness. I make choices every day that determine how bright I can be. Am I afraid of my light, my potential? Do I self-sabotage and why? This is how journaling can be a tool for deep inquiry and healing. When we know why and how, we learn, change our actions, and heal.
I’m at that point in my life where I want to pull up the shades, turn up the wattage, and let my light pour into the world. I hope by doing that, I will show the way for others to find their light and let it brighten their lives.
Here are some questions you can write about in your journal to let your light shine:
How does your light shine? What does that mean to you?
What are you doing when it shines? Who are you with? How do you feel?
Have you ever dimmed your light to makes someone else feel better? In what way?
How can being yourself, help that person find their light?
Are you afraid of your light, your potential? Do you self-sabotage? How and why?
Write about how your light showed up today.