Shine your Light this Holiday Season

Do you know one of the things I look forward to during the holiday season? The creative light displays! From simple ones seen around the neighborhood to lavishing works of art around town.

We do our best to bring a joyful spirit into our neighborhood every year through our Christmas lights. It serves as a great reminder that light is always present from within.

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2021 light display

How might you let your light shine brightly?

Here are five ways.

 

1. ¬†Self-Care ūüíē

An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”

 РUnknown

Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit may differ for each of us.  However, there are foundational aspects of self-care as outlined below:

Resource from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine

One thing to keep in mind is the stressors that usually come up around this time of the year. ¬†Be aware of your body’s signals for stress and have a practice in mind to help manage holiday stressors. ¬†Think about what would help you slow a beat down to activate your parasympathetic state of calm, cool, and collected.

2. ¬†Smile ūüėĀ

Who would benefit from your smile today? A smile is infectious. Just imagine being greeted by every person with a smile – wouldn’t that make such a big difference?

If you have a gift of humor – make someone laugh! I’m someone who loves to laugh but is not so great at coming up with punch lines. That’s where my husband comes in. He says or does something daily that makes the family laugh out loud. I’ve also noticed that many people he interacts with always laugh in their conversations.

Laughter resounds in our home that our oldest daughter even presented about it at a Kids TEDx a few years ago. So if you could use a smile or a laugh, watch the video below:

3. ¬†Give ūü§≤ūüŹľ

Research has shown that generous people experience increased personal growth and emotional well-being. When you genuinely give a hand to others in need, you’re filling their bucket with positive experiences. In return, you also fill yours with an overflow of positivity.

You may have experienced it yourself, particularly this season of gift-giving and expressing goodwill to others. As you shine your light on others, this light ripples outwardly from them to their loved ones.

4.  Presence

Let the light of your presence illuminate every room you enter.

            Р Wayne Gerard Trotman

With many distractions and long list-to-dos, we’ve evolved into expert multi-taskers with our minds never present to do only one thing. Sad yet true, but I see more people of all ages with rounded shoulders and bent necks as they stare at their phones, least aware of what’s happening around them.

So, let’s remind ourselves that when we’re mindful, we can fully appreciate our surroundings – God’s wondrous creation and the beautiful people we have in our lives. With presence, we can genuinely connect and have meaningful experiences.

5.  Appreciate your Uniqueness

Be YOU!

You are blessed with unique strengths.

Use your superpowers to guide, inspire, and encourage others.

You are here to be a light ūüēĮ, so let it shine brightly!

 

 

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