Stand In The Light Be Seen As You Are

This is who I am inside, This is who I am, I'm not going to hideCause the greatest risk we'll eve

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

  – Brene Brown

Jordan Smith won “The Voice” and  this was his first release with his first album, “Stand In The Light”. If this song is any indication of what he can do, he is going to have an amazing career.  I can so identify with being tired of hiding who you are. I spent most of my life afraid of being seen, afraid of the judgments of others. This song is so liberating.   I think that most of us hide who we are. The reasons are legion, but most of them come from fears of being judged and found wanting.
 
I, for one, am actually still incredibly idealistic, and I still can credibly or very strongly believe that you have to keep fighting for what you believe in, because it’s only when you stop that you’ve truly lost.
  – Vanessa Kerry
 
I decided a few years ago to stop fighting against myself. To stop being invisible. To instead gather up all of the scraps of courage and stand up on stage. The lure of invisibility still tries to creep back into my life, disguising what it is doing. But I am becoming better at recognizing it.  Someone gave me a gift of recognizing that I used a cloak of invisibility and removed it.  My choice was to never put it on again.  It is part of the reason I write these blogs.  It is my hope that I can say something that starts you being curious of how you are hiding and playing small.  That you will have the courage to step out into the light and be seen.  To reveal to the world the magnificent being that you are.
 
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
  – Plato

 Instead I decided that the world is a nice place, full of wonderful people, and that is how I want to approach my life. The majority of people will help me, believe in me. and support me. There may be a few who throw stones, but I am being braver than they can ever be, by standing in the light and being me.
 

If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal.

  – Brene Brown
 
When Jordan was on the Voice he talked about the mean things that people had said about him, and this song is based on how we have to decide that we are not going to let others make us hide. That we can be brave enough, to not only stand up and be who we are, but to take center stage, under the lights and shout to the heavens.  That is how we can be seen as who we are – no holding back any part of us.
 
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  –   Martin Luther King Jr
 
I don’t think Martin Luther King Jr was just talking about not standing up against racial prejudice or injustices. I think that he was talking about any kind of injustice that we witness happening. I also think that he was also talking about standing up to ourselves.  Sometimes when we look out at what is happening in the world, we see people with widely different beliefs clashing against each other.  People who have taken on beliefs that allow them to perpetrate crimes against their fellow man and have them believe that this is somehow the right thing to do.  They don’t treat others with different skin colors, cultures, beliefs, religions, sexual orientations as a child of God.  We see them run innocent people down with a vehicle, shoot them, blow them up with bombs and we wonder if man will ever become what God intended us all to be.
 
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
  – Desmond Tutu
 
This is when we can’t be silent.  We can’t just continue to look the other way.  We can’t be secretly glad that what happened didn’t happen to us or our loved ones.  We need to remember that every single person on this earth is our brother or sister.  We have all been given these wonderful amazing gifts to help change the world.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s gift was to speak out against racial prejudice and injustice. To light a fire inside all of our hearts with his “I Have A Dream” speech that is still burning.  Our gifts were given to us, just like his speeches were given to him.  He had the courage to stand up and be seen.  Our gifts will mean nothing unless we also have the same courage, to stand up and be seen..
 
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.
  – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
 
As Jordan says in his song, we need to stand in the light and stand up for what we believe in.  To be ourselves, loving, trusting and respecting ourselves.  If we can’t do that for ourselves, we will never be able to do that for others.  He says to never apologize for being who you are.  Instead of regretting the past, learn from it and be a better person.  He reminded us that God can use a small spark to light a firestorm.

 

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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