Day 31 of 90 day challenge
Source: Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Note on The Other 90% ~ Robert K Cooper
“It’s easy to act as if you are a weathervane, always changing your beliefs and words, trying to please everyone around you. But we were born to be lighthouses, not weathervanes. Imagine a vertical axis running through the center of your heart, from your deepest roots to your highest aspirations. That’s your lighthouse. It anchors you in the world and frees you from having to change directions every time the weather shifts. Inside this lighthouse there is a lens and a light. The light represents who you are when nobody else is looking. That light was meant to keep shining, no matter how dark or stormy it gets outside… when you find that light inside you, you will know it. Don’t let anyone else dim it… and one more thing: remember to look for the light inside others. If at first you can’t see it, look deeper. It’s there.”
Do you find that you change your behaviour, your words or opinions depending on who you’re spending time with? Is there some part of you that feels you’re not quite being true to who you are?
We are all unique people, and each one of has different values that define who we are. Discovering what these are is an adventure in itself. When we do know what we stand for, we must let that light shine. Standing our ground could lose us some friends, some relationships, maybe a job. But if we allow others opinions of us to dim our light then we are not in alignment with our true self, and the consequence of this will be negative feelings of frustration, irritation, maybe guilt or despair.
So what five values describe or define who you are and what you stand for? What can you do today to let your light shine more?
(Mine are: Gratitude; Hope, optimism and future mindedness; Love of learning; Forgiveness and mercy; Kindness and generosity; and capacity to love and be loved. )