When I landed in a place of Enough, it naturally extended beyond myself. It is natural to be joyous in the place I stand and live and it seeps to the space around me, touching everything.
When I used to share it from a place that wasn't internal, it became "a drain, not a fountain," and wasn't the truest, easiest form to live.
I will never know how my smile will affect other people's days but I do know that often, just one genuine gesture of kindness from others has reaffirm something deep inside me for the day, leaving me a wonder of gratitude that THIS is why we are alive. It is rare for me to not be greeted by people, happy to see me, often me not knowing their names but grateful for their joy which fans my own flame.
There are leaders, not necessarily those in title, but rather in my adopted definition, those who have gone first to make it safe for others. To stand alone, when others are locked in, too afraid, or too attached to their comfort, and keep going anyway is a way that I shine my light because I have seen others do it for me. And that is the incredible thing about the light in each of us - when it shines, it eliminates the cage of fear.
It costs me nothing to "see" people throughout the day, to connect for a few seconds on an elevator ride, to wave to someone across the street, or express a sincere thank you for someone's thoughtfulness. It also may cost me a lot to shake up the status quo at work but when something can benefit so many, I really don't care what may happen to my reputation or safe little job so I just do it anyway.
What I do know is that who I am is now never depleted and I am completely compelled to live my life.
I really have no special gift or talent that will change the entire world other than having the courage to step forward into my little sliver of it. And I've come to believe that maybe that's the only reason I'm here - to be true to myself, now that I really know who that is, and to live in accordingly.
Share your light - I need it to show me the way, in fact, we all need it.
I loved Simon Sinek's TED talk, How great leaders inspire action.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross