When it comes to walking in your purpose, pursuing your dreams and all that jazzy stuff, it’s so easy to want those closest to you to share in that momentum. But what happens when they don’t? What happens when everything seems to be lining up for you, but when you look to your right or to your left, the same is not happening for them? Do you start to dim your light because you feel a twinge of guilt? And not guilty like you’ve done something wrong, but guilty like you wish those closest to you could experience the same, but they’re not? You get all these amazing opportunities and then after awhile you stop sharing them because you feel like you might be bragging a bit?
Well listen: take it from someone who understands, don’t dim your light. Aunty O said it best: “You can’t go around dimming your light just to be walking with someone else.” We were all created for a purpose and each of us has our own journey to walk, climb and run through. Dimming our light just to make someone feel more at ease does nothing for anyone.
I received the postcard below last week from a sister-friend whom I absolutely adore. We’re working on a project that has us both scared for various reasons. So we are encouraging each other through the process. This beaufiful postcard was a reminder to me that in some areas, I’ve been playing small for fear of my light “shining too brightly” and having all eyes on me (I am soooo not a spotlight kinda person).
So I’ve decided to continue to #DoItAfraid, even if it means shining this little light of mine.
In case you need a reminder…
Have you ever found yourself “dimming your light” in hindsight? How do you continue shining your own light, while still being supportive of those around you, who aren’t ready to shine their own light?