Let Your Light Shine

The interesting thing about light celebrations is that it’s too easy to look at the physical elements of life. It’s too easy to see people waving around light-emitting gadgets, and I think that this is a great celebration of life.

While it’s true that light celebrations do go a long way in brightening up a geographic space, light celebrations involve something more than that. In fact, in many cases, it’s a celebration of ideas, emotions, culture and all sorts of social realities.

Make no mistake about it, as difficult, challenging and discouraging as the world may be, ultimately, it’s a choice. You can be part of the problem and contribute to the negativity and harm being created each and every day. You can exacerbate or aggravate the loss being generated in the lives of people. You can deepen the pain and the wounds of people that have been losing out every single day. On the other hand, you can go the other direction.

Instead of criticizing, you can encourage. Instead of pointing out what’s wrong, you can come up with solutions and actively work to solve problems. Instead of focusing on how other people can benefit and help you become happier, you can flip the script and try to add value to their lives, and make their lives better.

It really all boils down to a choice and to the place that we see for ourselves in the world. Are we the center of our world where everything flows to us and exists for us? Accordingly, if that’s our mindset, we become selfish. We also become very limited.

You see, when you think that you are the center of the world, you eventually start developing some sort of sense of entitlement. This is where things start to fall apart for you because a sense of entitlement ultimately means that you believe things should be easy, quick, convenient and comfortable for you. Unfortunately, life is going to intervene. It will slap you, beat you down and essentially torture you because that’s what life does if you have the wrong mentality.

An entitlement mindset is a one-way ticket to misery. You’re just simply setting yourself up to become a miserable person, see the world in a very limited and an offered painful way. If you want to ensure that you are empowered, focus on giving.

How does this play out? How does this work out in the real world? The most realistic example I could give you involves salesmanship. You know how hard it is to sell or persuade people to buy whatever product or service you’re promoting. It takes quite a bit of effort, and is definitely an art. The vast majority of people who try their hand at sales flat-out fail. That’s why only export sales people make it in that game.

The sales analogy is a very powerful one because export sales people who make a ton of money day in day out know a secret that most people don’t. The secret is this: if you want to get what you desire, you must first enable and help people to get what they desire. In other words, put other people first, and everything else will fall into place.

This is contrary to how most people think. That’s why most people continue to struggle, or manage with whatever little they have. If you were to flip the script, become a little bit more selfless and focus on the light instead of the dark within you, and its infinite hunger and desire, you will get more of the best things in life.

It’s funny how that works. That is the great irony and paradox of life. By being a person for others ultimately, you end up serving yourself, and there’s more left over for everybody else. On the other hand, if we follow our natural inclinations, then it becomes very negative.

It becomes a dog-eat-dog world, and it can get quite rough very quickly. Either you celebrate the light, or the darkness will overcome you. That’s the bottom line.