Let Your Light Shine

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Anni with me in Nepal

Is this a call to arms?
Not unless it is for arms to encircle
someone in need of tenderness.
Is this a call to arms?
Not unless it is for arms to point out a
new direction of peace and healing.
Is this a call to arms?
Not unless it is for arms to be a safety
net for those who are falling.
Is this a call to arms?
Not unless it is for our arms to entwine
courageously to take a stand for truth.
Is this a call to arms?

YES!
-Kris King

Even a Headlamp Can Be a Source of Inspiration

Walking in the early morning is one of my favorite ways to greet my day, my world. In the stillness of early morning I get to witness the transition from darkness to light, the moon taking its final bow, stars seemingly dimming as the sun’s rays touch the earth, deer gazing at me as I pass, and all the while feeling fresh air touch my body inside and out. Bliss.

The deep darkness of winter mornings was a challenge until I remembered my trusty headlamp that I use in camp in the evenings in Bhutan. When I realized I could use it on my morning walks at home, I shook my head, thinking, “What took you so long to figure out you could use your headlamp at home?” Well, I had my headlamp only associated with trekking in Bhutan, not walking in the dark at home.

This morning, as I was walking through a cool, dark mist, I kept looking at the light my head- lamp cast, always eight feet out ahead of me. Using that soft glow, I safely found my way even though the rest of my surroundings were still dark. And then tears sprang into my eyes as I felt a deep connection to my spirit, to everything. It was as if I had connected the dots between two points that I didn’t know were disconnected. When I take ownership of my own light, I can see what I want ahead of me. The more ownership I take, the farther I can see.

This inspiration led to another. A favorite quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe came to mind.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

The morning has brightened enough that there is no need for my headlamp any longer. I take it off and look at it with gratitude. Yes, it is something I own and use; it is a great tool. The light I possess, my inherent gifts, talents, wisdom, love, humor, and intuition are all for me to use in this life the best way I know how to light my own way and to help light the way for others. The same is true for each of us.

You might have seen this before. Connect the dots using four straight lines without picking up your pen.

dots

After some play you will discover that the only way to connect the dots is to draw outside the lines.

I believe that when you and I take full ownership of our light, it’s easier to draw outside the lines of conventional thinking, limitations, and fears, to be creative, see the possibilities in each moment, and then to courageously use ourselves to make this the world we want to live in every day.

Let your light shine! And let me know of your adventures.

Reflections:

1. What are things you do to take care of yourself physically that also support you spiritually?

2. What does, “It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather,” mean to you?

3. After reading this book, what does this mean to you? “The light you possess, your inherent gifts, talents, wisdom, love, humor, and intuition are all for you to use in this life the best way you know how, to light your own way and to help light the way for others.”

With love and gratitude,
Kris King

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