Day #8, Be the Light

light_day-8Welcome to light, our second focus of #MindfullyEnding2016.

Light is the radiance, joy and spiritual connection we feel when our worlds find harmony. During the holiday season, we see lights everywhere. They’re wrapped around the trees and hidden in our bushes, they’re floating on top of candles and flashing in streams of color. Light, both literally and figuratively, are supposed to fill our holiday seasons, but sometimes the absence of this light can feel overwhelming. I struggle this time of year sometimes, to feel that true joy that Christmas meant as a child. I think of all the plans we had, the decorating to be done, the treats to be baked and the crafts to be made. As an adult, there aren’t parents or grandparents hovering all the time, instilling this sense of festivity. 

Prompt: We have to be the light for ourselves now, and for others when we can. We can bring the fun of the holidays back to the forefront with light, so today I want you to brainstorm and experiment. How can you be the light for yourself and others today? Is there an activity you could suggest, a movie you could turn on, or even a simple change you could make in the course of your day that would plant that little light seed?

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  1. To whomever might read this…I had an emotional day today. I drove 3 hours to Oklahoma for my uncle’s funeral. You may ask yourself, “How in the world is she going to tie this “Be the Light” prompt into that experience?” While not holiday related, I witnessed first hand how someone can be a light to others. More than 200 people attended my uncle’s funeral. He was in the Air Force for 20 years serving in Korea, Japan and Thailand and received the Bronze Star. He was remembered today with military honors. A few veterans were there to share their memories of his service. One of his friends made it in from South Carolina to participate and presented the American flag to my cousin following the 21 gun salute. Very emotionally charged to say the least. When my uncle retired from the Air Force, he taught school and coached wrestling. Students and parents of former students were there today sharing many stories about the life lessons he instilled. Some stories touched my heart while others eased the grief with a good laugh.  After retiring from teaching, my uncle would assist coaches in an unofficial capacity providing rides to athletes to and from practices when parents couldn’t be there for their kids. Many of his wrestlers were there today as well. The pastor joked that my uncle would have been disappointed that few if any of them could make weight today! My uncle was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. There were 40 family members in attendance from as far away as Florida. Perhaps his greatest legacy is that he selflessly gave of himself over his entire life. His light shone on the lives of so many that they came to celebrate his life and make sure his family knew just what he meant to them. Not everyone is blessed with a gift to positively impact so many lives. He was an amazing role model.  I want to “be the light” not just for myself and my family.  Like my uncle, I want to be a light for others.  I encourage you to find your holiday spirit and use it to begin a lifetime of being the light. I know I am going to strive to do so.  

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