I read somewhere recently that life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. While I like that saying a lot, and believe that is certainly true on some levels, I also believe that life is very much about finding one’s true self:
That pure spirit that is beneath all the layers of self-doubt, pain, fear, shadows, negative labels, and other very real but harmful things that keep a person’s spirit buried in darkness.
I believe that the spirit inside everyone is so powerful that even a single one can change the world.
Some spirits shine in very public ways and are well-known throughout the world.
Many spirits shine quietly or even anonymously, bringing their light, love, smiles, compassion, kindness, and warmth to others who are struggling in the darkness of despair, grief, loneliness, pain, suffering, and poverty.
As for poverty, I’ve learned that there are even worse kinds than being without money—the kinds where people have no hope, no faith, and receive no human kindness–not even a gentle touch or a loving hug–and those who feel worthless.
And I don’t believe the word “wothless” does the feeling justice. People who feel that way don’t just feel worth LESS, they feel like they are worth NOTHING.
When we discover or re-discover the spirit within ourselves, we can share its light, love, and warmth with others. And sometimes in that sharing—like one candle lighting another—-we can help someone who is scared and stumbling in the darkness of their shadows to begin to see glimpses of the beauty of their own spirit.
Every time a candle is lit or a spirit is re-kindled our world gets a little bit brighter and warmer, but for the person who experiences their spirit for the first time or re-experiences it after a long while, their world isn’t just a bit brighter and warmer.
It can be an awakening to the love and beauty inside and all around them that changes and enhances their life and attitude forever.
It can mean the difference between life and death, merely existing versus truly living, hiding in fear or confidently making their future and our world much brighter.