Once again, I have made the same new year’s resolution that I have every year for the last five years.
This mantra has so many applications from body and food to possessions to my expectations for myself and others (especially my children). It really is a mindset that I strive to attain but, like so many resolutions, find so easy to forget, even when I walk by this sign several times a day.
The desire to lighten up is reinforced through the Christmas season and winter solstice when candles are ubiquitous symbols. Houses lighted with candles in the windows in honor of Christ’s birth serve to remind us how much we need the Light and bring hope that the season will lighten our souls. Once the New Year comes, though, and the physical candles disappear from our daily life, everyday burdens find a way to start weighing us down again.
Shortly after we set the clocks back in November, this message arrived from Peaceful Daily in my inbox:
Practice Confessions of Light:
We all love being showered with love, and when you can bless someone with the awareness that they have touched your life in some small but meaningful way, it makes a huge difference in that person’s life as well. You can offer the “gift of glow” in acknowledging them. This practice will infect those around you with doses of gratitude. Who can you call right now and confess to? Light someone’s inner candle that has lit yours in some way.
Maybe it was the lack of Vitamin D from limited sunshine,
but the gift of glow captured my imagination as I recalled the many times that I have been a recipient of it. While it costs nothing monetarily, the intentional effort of giving it, like a candle, also sheds its light on the giver. What’s that St. Catherine’s mantra?
In giving you receive.
In this season of making Δ to lighten up whatever is bringing us down (pounds, possessions, piles of papers, overflowing inboxes, attitude, etc.), I also want to think of lighting other people’s inner candles, and I’ll start with you, our Gracious Posse. Your kind words, whether in the Comments, on Facebook, by email or when we run into you at the grocery, bring Ellen and me such joy, as well as the reassurance that what we are doing means something to you. Usually your blessing arrives serendipitously when we are most in need of a boost of creative energy. Thank you for lighting our candles and continuing to read The Gracious Posse. We look forward to spreading the glow in 2015.
January 7, 2015