So, we’ve spoken about this before. The fear of ‘shining’. What does this mean? What does this entail?
A Christian friend said to me at her local church service today, this theme was also discussed.
What often amazes me is that at their core, so many religions share fundament core values such as love, peace, hope and an ultimate faith in the ‘divine source’. The term ‘religion’ often just acts as a means of different people reaching their own ‘enlightenment’ or ‘path’ and if that path helps maintain their faith, brings them closer to a sense of meaning…then what is the harm in that?
I thought it was apt to discuss it here, given that today is officially Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in the Hindu calendar.
As a child, I was painfully shy. I would still classify myself as ‘shy’ though age, experience and wisdom has helped me to spread partial wings and leaving a shell that remains, if I ever need it to retreat to.
One other thing that happened as I was growing up is that I became scared to ‘shine’. There may be some people that can relate to this. We don’t want to appear different; we would rather hide in the shadows and be a ‘sheep’ than step out into the unknown and embrace the things that help us stand out, even if it was to the detriment of our own success. I was scared of being unique.
Diwali is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation and reflection. It reminds me that we don’t need to wait for the new year to make a new resolution (however, today is obviously convenient because The Festival of Lights symbolises new beginnings anyway…!).
Because each and every moment is a moment of rejuvenation, an opportunity to change. Though obvious, the idea hit me again today and emphasised one important point.
So many of us are victims to making ’empty promises’. You know what I mean:
When ‘x’ happens….I’ll do ‘y’
We wait for ‘the perfect time’, we make up excuses and dim our light.
STOP. Today is your day to ‘Face A Fear Everyday’. Today is your day to not ‘shelf your light’ but in fact to shine your light.
Embrace what you have to offer the world, we’re all different. Be proud to be unique.