Yesterday the sun came out for about an hour, after many days of gray or gray and rainy and I went out to feel the winter-y sun on my face, the top of my head: warmth. It got me to thinking about how when we shine our light or our energy on others, there is often an instantaneous response, like how flowers respond to the sun.
I was thinking two thoughts actually: First: wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to take the time to shine some attention on the people in our lives, and do it on purpose. Not happenstance. Not accidently. But with purpose. When the spirit moves you, just give someone a good dose of summer sun, in the depths of these short chilly* days of winter. Acknowledge something that is wonderful in them, acknowledge something they they have done/created/begun that is meaningful or special. Acknowledge something beautiful that they have brought to your life. Shine some positive attention their way.
Second: wouldn’t it be wonderful to do that for ourselves as well. Imagine that. All of us living our lives, feeling positive and confident, and not listening to That voice (you know the one) whatever you may call it: the inner critic, the perfectionist, the id, the ogre, the nasty twin. So, what about it? Can we not shine some light our own way?
I know I am feeling the need for a little spot of sun in my life, a moment of breaking through the soil, of blooming and softening the edges of my world, spreading pinks and lavenders in amongst the browns and greys. So, I will try to learn to give my own self a little bit of light, a spot of sun, some warmth and good feelings. Maybe if I practice enough with others, I will figure out how to do it for myself. Anybody want to join me in some sunny light filled days?
*chilly for those of us in the northern hemisphere, for our sisters in the southern hemisphere: enjoy the sun!
Liz Kalloch is a regular contributor to Gypsy Girl’s Guide.