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Being A Light To Others

Updated on January 5, 2016

I have always been passionate about reading motivational books, authors such as Iyanla Vanzant, Joel Osteen, Marianne Williamson and Byron Katie (just naming a few) have inspired me. I think it was because I needed guidance and didn't have my own GPS, sort of speaking. These authors like so many others I've read helped me take steps towards accepting myself & my situations. However, I always ask myself, what made them start motivating others? There may be many answers to that question but one things I feel they might answer because I can relate is that when you take time to share your experiences and guide others towards healing, you are also helping yourself heal. Maybe that's what inspired them to write books. Even as I write at this moment I am looking for answers within myself and sharing them with you and this is enlightening. Just like when I read their books I received a lot of information and tools that helped me on my issues and I'm sure it benefited them as well. The big message is I got from those authors were that, when you help others, you're also helping yourself.

I'm still a newbie at this self-awareness stuff but every word I type is coming from my heart and soul. We are experts of our own feelings. As I share, I am giving and that automatically puts me in a position of receiving. There are no wrong or right, on how we give, you give what you have. Like the authors I've read, had their own experiences and lessons to share. The beauty of it is, when you provide someone with understanding, that helps them start their process towards healing and confirms your healing is on the right path. It's a boomerang affect that benefits everyone. I love this quote from Marianne Williamson, "The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge". This quote was an Aha moment for me. While you're guiding someone with your own experiences, feelings, you're growing and gaining more knowledge. The truth is, life is a journey where we help guide each other, not force but provide counsel to widen our view, allow us to open up to more possibilities. For example, as I write, I am learning more about myself, the good and the not so good. We're all a working progress and this is helping me discover hidden thoughts & emotions that were hard to see before. Maybe it's also providing you with self-awareness and motivation.

When I started writing blogs awhile back, I really enjoyed it but I stopped because I felt like I wasn't practicing what I preached. Like, I wasn't positive all the time and courageous. However, that's what gave me the experiences I needed to write. Now I realize, I didn't have to have it all figured out or have the answers to everything. Experiences give us knowledge we can use to understand, guide others and our own self. This quote expresses my feelings on this subject. "As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful message here. I believe our highest calling as a species is to love and help others. Everything else in life is just window dressing. :)