One day while I was still in my serving days in Calgary, I was walking to work along 17th Avenue on a gorgeous summer day.
It was late afternoon and the sun was hot as I was sweating and smiling, swept along the sea of busyness on the sidewalk. This was one of the things I loved most about living in inner city Calgary, I could and did walk everywhere.
Coming towards me was a young woman, obviously high as her limbs swung loosely from her joints.
As she passed by, she whispered in my ear:
“You’re fucking nothing.”
I was totally shaken. I could still feel the warmth of her breath after she walked away, legs swinging off her loose pelvis, probably oblivious to what she left behind.
It was like my worst fears had been confirmed, and by the time I got to work I felt deeply violated.
Not only by her words. But by how physically close she got to me, and most unsettling of all: was how close she got into my own tender and vulnerable heart.
Growing up with an alcoholic parent, I know that what addicts say is actually a reflection of how they see themselves.
But it still stung like an open wound, and to this day it gives me shivers when I think about it.
There’s no way to deny it, just as there is light there is also darkness.
Last week I signed the papers to become a mentor to a girl in grade 8 at Mother Teresa Middle School.
If you haven’t heard about MTMS, and you live in Regina, you totally should. You can learn more about them and their incredible mission here: http://mtmschoolregina.com/
MTMS have an incredible team who are creating light in a dark place.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be joining them and spreading the light.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Ghandi
This is one of the best known, and one of my favorite, quotes by Ghandi. However, I believe it’s incomplete. Why?
Because it is useless to be kind, compassionate, loving, and light filled if we are just sitting alone in our apartment being wonderful by ourselves.
For those qualities to matter, we need to make them meaningful through action.
So this holiday season, I ask you to absolutely be the light, but also to do something with it:
Become a light bearer.
Make a difference for someone. This is a hard time of year for so many reasons for so many people.
Be the light, but also shine your light. Take action. Make a difference.
If you wondering, “Who am I to shine?” or, “What are could I possibly do?” Consider this:
The problem for most of us, is we’re asking the wrong questions.
Instead, ask: How can I be helpful?
Change that language and you will start to get some serious traction in EVERY area of your life. Meaning is found through each other and when we focus on serving we also benefit in a profound way.
And here’s the thing about light, it doesn’t matter how long the darkness has been there, once the light is on, it’s on.
I have 2 glorious ways to turn on the light with me this season:
Celebration of Light
Thursday December 18th from 7-9pm (or better yet, sign up right now!) to join me for the Celebration of Light held at the Bodhi Tree downtown. Last year we kept having to increase our cap of students because it kept filling up, and we expect it to fill again! Click here for more information and registration.
Soul Strategy Sessions in the New Year
Gain clarity on your purpose and how to build your life around what makes you happiest. Build courage as you take action every week, and confidence among a sisterhood of positive brave women who really get it. Join us for 90 minutes a week to focus solely on you to let your light shine! More information and registration here.
Sign up before December 15th and save $50!
Thank you for letting me into your heart (and your inbox) every week my light bearing friend!
If you liked this post, please share it on Facebook, Tweet it out loud, and forward it to all of your friends. You could be the light in somebody’s day, like you are in mine. J
I’d love to hear from you now: What are you planning to do this holiday season to shine a little brighter?
I look forward to seeing you in the comments below!
Love and Light,