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Monday, December 5, 2011

Let it shine

I have seen that a few of my friends are being eaten alive by the dreadful Monday Monster. Well, I have been inspired to reach out a hand and offer some comfort. Welcome to my Monday Motivation! I haven’t been in my normal happy mood, myself today. Maybe it’s the weather? Whatever it is, I am going to sit here and write until I feel better. I find that one of the best ways to make myself feel better is to spend a few minutes reading some quotes. So, I wanted to share a few with you and see if you can get anything from them.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson

This is one of my absolute favorites. Whether you believe in God or not, this compilation of inspiration is profound. I would love to elaborate on this quote and give you some of my personal feelings about it, but I find that it pretty much speaks for itself. I don’t really think there’s much I could add.

So, read it one more time. Take each sentence as it is written and apply it to you. You are amazing. Think of the things you’ve accomplished. Yes, there are many things ahead, and right now it may look impossible to do it all (and to do it well), but you will do it. Just make sure that when the going gets tough, you stop and remember that your attitude will be the deciding factor when it comes to complete satisfaction.

Which leads me to my next quote…

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
-Abraham Lincoln

I LOVE reading quotes by Abraham Lincoln. That man was so in tuned to himself and the world around him..and if he wasn’t, he was an amazing actor! Just google Abraham Lincoln quotes. See if you can read just 3 of them without becoming a huge fan.

How simple is this thought? Plain and simple. You’re as happy as you make up your mind to be. I can’t help but think of an Emo kid when I say that… lol Now, I’m not hating on anyone..don’t jump to that conclusion! I love ALL people (except for the stupid ones; but that’s another blog in itself).

I can visualize this kid with a painted on sad face. Hair in his eyes. Black finger nails. This kid has a 4.0 GPA and never takes a book home. His mom and dad pull in around $400K a year. Mom wants to buy him a new sports car for Christmas, but he would rather a beat up, 15 yr old Honda Civic.

Is he happy? Is he? I honestly can’t say. I’m not him. I know that there are parts of his life that would make ME happy, if it were mine. He may be happy. Who knows!? This may be exactly where he wants to be in life.

I’ll tell you one thing I’ve learned. As life changes, so do your objects of desire. I used to think it only applied to kids. You know, “I want to be a firefighter when I grow up” “I want to be the tooth fairy” “I want to be a cowboy”… only to find out that some things aren’t as appealing once you grow up and check into the full story.

Truth is, it doesn’t end with childhood. Life changes on a daily basis. ..this lends opportunity for new things to become appealing to you. What you once thought was repulsive, may now look quite appealing. What changed? You got a few years older? … nah.. Your attitude. You’ve come to realize that things aren’t always one way. You’ve seen how life can change by just the simplest act.

You can adjust yourself or you can go against the flow… either way.. You’re only going to be as happy as you make up your mind to be.

..and if you’re one of those people who like to mingle in public and actually interact with other people?.. please make up your mind to be nauseatingly happy. There’s nothing worse than being in a good mood (because you chose to) and running into someone who looks like they’ve been baptized in a vat of vinegar and just lost their best friend. Stay home, dude. Just stay home if you’re gonna be like that. I work hard for my good mood. Get your filthy stank off of me and go jump into a pool of macaroni noodles or something.

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”
- Desiderius Erasmus

“Clap on, clap off.” You have now been named “Maglite.” The best way to beat the darkness is to flip a switch, right? I challenge you.. whatever your darkness is.. wherever you are in life.. find your switch and hit that sucker with a sledge hammer. Cut it on and beat the hell out of it so it gets stuck there. You are full of light. I promise you are. I feel it in my bones. You have my permission to have a bad day sometimes, or to be in a foul mood because you are upset about something… but you better be carrying a night light! Regardless of what happens… Give light.

“But Auntie, I don’t have light when I get that low.” BULL CRAP! Do you have a child? Do you have a pet? Do you have someone who loves you? Do you have a roof over your head? Find your light… and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!!

I’ll write again tomorrow or so.. I gotta go change out my batteries.


  1. We just simply must trust in His son. That's where the light comes from. NOT man made light; not from the upper atmosphere, but that everlasting light that you can see with your eyes closed tight. Yes, during this time of the year we all love to see the pretty lights. Each light has a source. NOW think about that idea. Let your life so shine that others may see Christ! He is the originator of light because He is the light..

  2. @ Sis: Sittin' here singing, "This little light o' mine...." NO JOKE: that tune just cued in my head. How many times have we sung that in kid's choir when we were in church?!

    Some people are pen-lights when they should be 2200 Kelvin broadcast spotlights, or chopper search-beacons. "Baptized in vinegar?" *LOL* Score! I <3 the mac-n-cheese noodle comment. People oughtta truly consider....

    @ Mom: Preach!

  3. "It is always darkest before the dawn."

    I actually went to bed singing "Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." ;-)