Let Your Light SHINE!
Let Your Light SHINE!
I’m a BIG movie buff and love flicks that provide an inspirational storyline. Fortunately this past week I found myself in a position to watch Coach Carter for about the hundredth time, and I’m glad I did. Please don’t laugh, because even though I can quote just about every word, I’m excited to say I connected with one of those old, familiar lines in a brand new way.
The aha moment came during a scene in which the character Timo Cruz stands, and recites a shorter version of the passage author Marianne Williamson wrote in 1992 that begins, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is we are powerful beyond measure.” You may have also heard the lines spoken in the movie Invictus, as well as in a speech Nelson Mandela gave in 1994. I love that line, have quoted it often, but unfortunately I had never truly connected with the rest the passage until that night.
It was as if the actor reached out and shook hands with my soul. He continued, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I immediately realized I'm constantly drawing inspiration by seeing other people share their gifts, and therfore if we are stingy with our own, perhaps we starve everyone around us of the inspiration they may need. I’ve been conflicted in the past, because I didn’t want to appear arrogant, self-centered, or have it seem like I was bragging and focused on myself. Now I realize the act of not sharing my gifts and shining my light is truly selfish, which goes against everything I stand for. I realize some people are shy, but the fact the writer states, “let your light shine” and not, “shine the light on yourself” was a very critical point to me, and should be liberating for others.
Think of it like this, if you were leading a group through the darkness and happened to be the one carrying the only flashlight, I’m guessing you wouldn’t shine it on yourself, nor would you turn it off. So, share your gifts, become a beacon for others to follow, and in the process be humble. Do that everyday, and it will surely help you live a Sensational Life!