“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” — Helen Keller
Genie’s Note: We decided to start the Follower of the Month to not only recognize our followers but to give everyone a chance to get to know each other. Our first Follower of the Month is Susan Yanguas. Be sure to drop by her blog after you read her insightful article. If you want to be a Blogger of the Month please use our contact form to let me know.
You shine like a beacon in a dark world*
If you regularly find yourself in a setting that feels out of sync with your spiritual nature, here’s a thought:
Your life isn’t always about you. Sometimes it’s about what you were put here to teach others.
For over 3 years I worked in a predominantly military organization. Basement cubicle. No windows. 80% of the workforce dressed in fatigues. Nonstop focus on war.
I felt so totally out of place and wondered how a new Age, peace-loving child like me ended up there. Then it hit me. I was having a quiet influence on my co-workers. First they observed, then commented on, then adopted my odd holistic practices. They asked questions, eager to learn more.
One small candle can light up a dark room. Be a beacon.
* quote from American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Susan Yanguas is a Maryland writer and Reiki Master. She blogs about health and wellness topics as “Abby,” the protagonist of her mystery novel series. Visit Abby’s blog at http://susanyanguas.wordpress.com. You can learn more about Susan at her Amazon author’s page.
“We just urge you to quit being part of the majority who live in confusion and conflict. Join the minority that sees a clear path out of present darkness, that never submits to fear and despair, and that does its part to lead everyone out of crisis into a future full of light.” ~Deepak Chopra
“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Indeed, the physical darkness of this time of year can be a metaphor for the darkness that often envelops us at times of illness and loss of a loved one, when the world sometimes feels dark and cold. At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides. Often it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.” — Rabbi Rafael Goldstein
“We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.” — Nachum Braverman
Please join me in renewing our commitment to not let the light go out as we watch Peter Paul and Mary perform Light One Candle.
“As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” — Irving Greenberg
Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. ~Michael Strassfeld
It is no accident the greatest light holidays of humankind fall during times that for many people of the world are cold and dark. As the days grow shorter and the weather become colder we need that little glimmer of hope that Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanza and others bring to us.
This year times seem especially dark and hopeless for many. Hunger, lost jobs, homes and the dreams that went with them leave many struggling in a world that is calling out, no screaming for the light.
But there is good news! We are the guardians of that light we yearn for. So this holiday season help spread the light. Watch this blog for ways you can do your part in bringing light back to a dark world.
“Be the light in the dark, be the calm in the storm and be at peace while at war.” — Mike Dolan