Illuminate The Path For Others So They Can See A Way Out Of Their Own Darkness

Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the darkThe world needs more poets like Maya Angelou.  Her writings are so inspirational.

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. 

  – Maya Angelou

When we shine our light, it means that we are expressing our souls purpose in being here.  We are living congruently with our souls purpose and our light shines out.  Don’t you just love being around people, when they are being their authentic selves?  That is true charisma and magnetism.  Maya Angelou was such a soul.  Desmond Tutu is another such soul. 

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

  – Desmond Tutu  

When we listen to the news each morning or evening, it is hard to see the light through all of the darkness.  So much of the news is about the darkness in our communities with only the occasional story that reflects the everyday heroes among us. 

If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.

  – Buddhist Proverb

Then we all have those times when the darkness of the world has settled into our own living rooms.  We lose a loved one in death; we lose our job; our family falls apart and that special person that we promised to love forever leaves us.  It could be that due to addictions, our spouse or child has turned into someone that we don’t recognize, and despite everything we have tried, we can’t reach them.  So much darkness can spill across our threshold, like the floods during a storm, safety seems to be an unreachable, forgotten place.  We may feel that no matter how many candles we light, the darkness has taken over and we can’t see our way out of it.  The pain has spread from our hearts and buried our soul.

You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.

  – Oprah Winfrey

This is the time when we might believe that everything is finished.  That life is over for us. That it is no longer worth living.  And that is when a new beginning happens.  I love the analogy of photos and darkrooms.  The negative is developed in the dark.  Then when the chemicals have worked their magic the photo can be seen.  Out of the darkness comes a beautiful picture.  Something new has been created.

If you can’t be the light, be the match.  You may not be the candle to illuminate the room, but your spark can be the source of it’s light.

  – Unknown

For most of us, if we look backwards in our lives, we find that the most personal growth was created by the darkness that entered our life.  If we can remember that, when we are going through the “dark night of the soul”, then we know that even if life is giving us bushels of lemons at the moment, something beautiful is about to be born.  It is at this time that we need to remember these words:

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

 –  Desiderius Erasmus

In the words of another wise soul, Martin Luther King Jr start where you are.

If you can’t fly, then run.  If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl.  But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

  – Martin Luther King Jr.

We have to keep moving forward into the light.  We have to find some way to keep the light of our heart alive.  Martin Luther King Jr. told us that only light can drive out the darkness, and only love can drive out the hate.  Our heart has both the light and the love we need contained within it, if we don’t barricade ourselves from it.

Some days you will be the light for others, and some days you will need some light from them,… As long as there is light, there is hope, and there is a way.

  – Jennifer Gayle

So when darkness seems to be the only thing you can see, look more closely.  LemonadeMakers are all around you.  We all have our heart lights shining out into the darkness, helping others to see their way out. 

Strong people don’t put others down, . . .  they lift them up.

   –  Michael P Watson

We all have our own stories of the darkness that visited with us.  We know your story, because we have been in your shoes.  We will help you back into the light, and you in turn will help someone else. That is what the light of love is all about.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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