Updated: Sep 22, 2022
I was warmly greeted by the postal worker as I stood looking at envelopes, not knowing which to choose. He jumped right in and helped me locate the appropriate envelope. His joy and happiness in that moment filled my heart. He chose to be filled with light and to shine it upon others. My thirsty soul soaked it up and it put me in such a wonderful mood.
Once I got to his station to check out I noticed he had had something taped to his plexiglass. Upon further investigation I came to find out it was a speech by Nelson Mandela. I began to read as I waited and made a "hmm" sound as I finished reading a line that had struck my soul. The postal worker said "I see you, don't forget you are a child of light." I could feel the divine in the moment, I was reminded by a complete stranger the importance of shining my light into the world that feels so scary and dark. So to that man that is living a joyful life and shining his light on others I could not be more thankful for the reminder.
Here I am to pass on that light that was so graciously bestowed upon me. Keep your eyes and heart open and make sure to feel the world around you, because it can be amazing!
"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 were 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 consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-1994 Inaugural Speech of Nelson Mandela