Thursday, August 31, 2006
Let the Light Shine!
I’ve always said the difference between a bad day, and a good day is usually one sleep. I find I have a different perspective after a quality slumber. Unfortunately, when one thing after another, goes awry, it’s much harder to keep a positive attitude.
Usually I have great faith in people, and life in general. This summer was proof; I had some good fortune with friends and family. A pending ticket to Cheryl Crow for September, a trip to Whistler all expenses paid, and a fireworks cruise generously bestowed on me. For all of this, I am so appreciative.
Yet every so often, life throws a power struggle in our way, a few mechanical problems and some fiscal uncertainties. Seems many people are plagued with issues of inconvenience lately. Every where I turn, I hear a similar story.
I have real difficulty asking for help; it’s an ongoing problem for me, hiding under the guise of pride. It’s not in my realm to inconvenience people. I also hate taking advantage of good natured friends and family. Therefore I will often stay alone in my conundrums.
I try to find wonderful things to be grateful for during these inauspicious times. Last night my daughter brought home pizza for dinner, and a few movies. We were all in the same funk. Nothing better to give you a “Calgon take me away moment” than watching a mindless adolescent movie, or one where a character overcomes adversity.
First we watched a fluffy silly movie, which was a diversion from my thoughts and my daughter’s cramps. Bryan is just a darn good sport, watching the semi chic flick with us.
Being the word lover that I am, the second movie “Akeelah and the bee”, was a movie I was really interested in seeing. Although it didn’t stay in the theatres long, I was not at all disappointed. I actually feel somewhat revitalized and in better spirits having watched it.
I will end this post in saying, I had a tearful moment when Akeelah read this great passage attributed to Nelson Mandela!
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. 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. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Wonderful movie, with an excellent story line! Exactly what I needed to revive my somewhat down trodden spirit!