Do you ever feel like your light’s lost its glimmer? Is there something or someone who makes you burn less brightly? The answer to this is probably ‘yes’ unless you’re a robot.
If we’re honest with ourselves, each of us experiences the loss of our light from time to time and it’s no wonder; life’s path sometimes takes us to places that can feel very lonely. It can be hard to remember there’s light at the end of every tunnel.
All sorts of things can make our inner flame feel weak and often, they’re a normal part of every day: the highs and lows of family life, pressure at work or even days where the weather is grey and gloomy (and let’s face it, we’ve had a few of those this year). The reasons will vary for all of us but the remedy for a dwindling flame is the same: an energy source to feed it, that thing or things that give us a boost and in doing so, reignite our light.
For me, that’s spending time surrounded by three things:
No.1 My family whose arms are strong enough to pick me up and provide much-needed reassurance, battery re-charging and support.
No.2 My friends with whom I can be myself and where a good sense of humour is a shared commodity (there are no friendships more sacred than those where laughter, both with and at one another, without fear of reproach or offence is an integral part of the friendship’s mix).
No.3 Getting outside and breathing in that very essence of life: fresh air – the stuff that’s free and which fills your lungs with oxygen. The very same stuff that a flame needs to burn.
These three things bring me back into the light with renewed illumination on my path.
For our own light to burn brightly, it’s all about balance; we should sometimes be the one who provides the re-charging and sometimes be the one to receive it from others.
In this uncertain world, one thing is guaranteed which is after the darkness, always comes the light. But what I’ve also found to be true is this: surrounding yourself with those who light your path makes the darkness, when it comes, all the more bearable.
So, whose path will you light this week? Or will it be you whose path needs to be lit? Whilst you’re deciding, let’s remember this fact: it’s actually very easy to light your own path. Just step out of your shadow.