There is much controversy in the world. Varying opinions on politics, religion, social norms, climate, health and more. It seems if you want to have a pleasant interaction with someone it’s best to avoid more topics than what’s safe these days. As we come into the holidays, many of us are treading lightly at gatherings, walking on eggshells to ensure we aren’t the cause of this year’s family drama. Honestly, this is no way to live.
What if instead, we listened to each other? What if we opened our hearts to the possibility that there is a different view, expanded awareness, deeper thinking? If we play with the possibility, entertain the ideas, percolate on different perspectives one of two things may happen. One, we may learn something – and shift or adopt new ways of being. Or two, we decide that we respect the views of others, but continue to choose our own unique view that feels right, appropriate and in alignment with our soul. The key with listening is to do so with an open heart. Let us not listen to respond, defend, one-up, argue or judge. Let us listen with curiosity and wonder and appreciation for the opportunity to connect with others in meaningful ways. It is through our interactions that our legacy is formed.
When it comes to opinions, perspectives and beliefs, it is these very things that make being human such a diverse and beautiful experience. There are many choices in life that lead to the same outcome…because let’s be honest…none of us get out of life alive. It is in these choices as we navigate our paths in life that we create our legacy and the memories that we leave behind. We are meant to be unique, diverse and creative in our expressions and experiences. And each day, we make choices on how we show up in the world, how we interact with others, how we love others and how we shine our light to inspire and help others.
This week, we are encouraged to check our bulbs – are we burnt out? Is the dimmer switch too low? Are we a beacon? Sometimes, we need a little self-care and it’s important to adjust our brightness. Sometimes, we hang back in the shadows when what’s really needed is our light. Sometimes, our light is so bright it scares others. Your light is YOURS. And it is our responsibility to manage our expression of brightness because truthfully, our legacy is a reflection of that light. What we will be remembered for one day comes from the choices that we are making right now. Be vigilant. Be expressive. Be you. Shine on for the greater good of humanity. The world needs your light now more than ever.