Day Seven: You Shine so Bright

Day Seven: You Shine so Bright

21-Day Intentional Social Media Challenge

Earlier this weekend, my in-laws sent me a lovely article called, "On A Busy Street Corner with Thomas Merton". Out of the whole article, one particular quote from Thomas Merton stood out:

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers… There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.
— Thomas Merton

This quote moved me so deeply. The Light inside each of us is so bright. It's only a matter of letting it out, letting it shine. We don't have to be in a sacred space to see this. Merton was on a busy street corner when it happened for him. Every moment of every day, every place we go, holds the potential for us to see the light in everyone.

Fear often gets in the way of our ability to see our own light and let it out. We think we should be one way or we think we are weird or don't belong. We fear criticism of who we are, so we hide it. If we recognize the light in ourselves, then it forces us to see the light in others, as well. It's sometimes easier to stay in the dark, to criticize or even hate because then we don't have to see that we all shine equally bright. We don't have to understand each other. We don't have to acknowledge that we are all one because, once we accept this, then we have to accept that we must move through this world from a place of love, empathy and compassion--and that's harder to do every day.

I challenge you to walk outside your home today and see the light in at least one person that maybe you wouldn't normally see it in. It might be hard, but I believe you can do it. You could find someone with whom you normally disagree with. Find someone that is different from you and believes something different from you. I believe that we all NEED to do this. In the process, you will also be able to see your own light more clearly and that is truly a gift.

See people as they truly are. Accept them as they are. Love them as they are. See them "shining like the sun."