To cast dispersion on your valiant effort, a favorite expression of the naysayers is, “Yeah, well every light casts a shadow.” As if YOU living in the light somehow takes away from their enjoyment of the darkness.
A shadow is caused by an obstruction to light. Remove the obstruction and no more shadow. Yet, rather than be a shiner, the naysayer prefers to be a whiner — from the comfortable and darkened recesses of their mind.
Refusing to light a candle, they curse the darkness. Even when others open the door to a better way, they turn away. When encouraged into the brightness of a new path, they angrily respond in wrath. Why?
Light Requires Effort
In the universe, darkness is the default — and without an energy source, there is no light. In other words, darkness is a vast void — of nothingness.
Although, a known universal principle is ‘Mother Nature’ hates a vacuum. So, the nothing will be replaced with something. In fact, if we go back to the very beginning, the first act of creation was to bring into existence Light.
To separate light from darkness on a daily basis, another whole day of creation was devoted to hanging the moon and stars — along with the Sun.
If the ultimate Source of goodness devoted one-third of the precious resource of Time (days one and four, out of six) to make sure we have Light, maybe we can consider our role in the proper management of that gift.
Live Up To The Light
Fortunate to have a hero for a Dad, this was his creed, “I am bound to live up to the light I have. I must stand with anyone who stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
Standing tall is what Dad did — and he always kept his face turned into the light. He had an abundant faith in the Source of that light. Given a choice between light and darkness, he chose light — even if that meant hardship.
My dad understood: Hard is easy — and Easy is hard. He never let anyone else define ‘hard’ and ‘easy’ for him. While others took the shortcuts, my Dad would hammer on a problem until it splintered into little pieces. Then, as it became dust, he gave a “puff” and the winds of fate carried it away.
No more “problem” — simply, because the same energy Source creating light was also providing fuel for action.
Although, the choice is always ours. Blessed from birth with freewill, we have the freedom to choose: Light or Darkness.
For example, let’s consider the Curses of wealth, beauty, and knowledge. As for me, I have no idea what it’s like to endure the disability inherent in the first two. But I do struggle with the third one.
Curse of Wealth
At this juncture, you might be wondering, “How the heck can there be a Curse of Wealth?!” Let me assure you; it’s ugly. After 35+ years, I discovered the antidote to the narcissistic damage caused by Trust Fund Babies.
For those born with a silver spoon in their mouth, the curse is real. They are handicapped, forever. Because they don’t know how to earn a dollar, manage it, and use it for the benefit of others. Not only are they miserable people, they inflict wounds on everyone within their sphere of influence.
Curse of Beauty
I’m always honored when pretty women choose to accompany me in public. Although, surely, the appearance to others must be a reminder of the Disney movie — Beauty and the Beast.
Yet, the Curse of Beauty is similar to the one above. What isn’t earned, isn’t appreciated. In fact, because no effort goes into the gift, resources are abundant to prim, pomp, and otherwise flaunt what is only skin deep.
Curse of Knowledge
With this one, I’m thoroughly familiar. Everyone “should” just know the concepts, precepts, and principles gleaned from a lifetime of Education and Experience invested into Building Dynamic Relationships and the resultant Bright Financial Futures. Thus, an introduction to the Curse of Knowledge.
As a business coach, my greatest challenge is remembering to slow down to go fast. In other words, to quit scaring the living daylights (pardon the pun) out of people — by sharing too much too fast.
Since the subject of this narrative is Living In The Light, why the long introduction, with references to darkness and curses? Simply, to let us focus on the contrast of emotion by moving from there to here — into the light.
By turning our faces into the light, can you feel the warmth? Immediately, the goodness permeates our consciousness. We feel alive with hope. As we look into the horizon, our vision for the future sharpens with the details.
By basking in the light, there are absolutely no shadows in front of us. In fact, we can turn the abundance of wealth, beauty, and knowledge into a blessing for the benefit of other People.
The shadows and those who live in them are behind us. Therefore, their mantra of “every light cast a shadow” is of little concern to us, if we remain steadfast in our efforts to living in the light.
This is not a zero-sum game. The same promise is available to everyone who chooses to move out of the darkness and live up to the light within — and then grow in the nourishment of the light available from the Source, above.