Shine Your Light!

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From glistening candles and bedazzled holiday attire to strings of festive bulbs, lights define the holiday season. Align your thoughts and actions with this wonderful theme and shine your light to create joy, peace, and brightness this season.


Melanie Ott

Inspirational Thoughts

“Know what sparks the light in you. Use that light to illuminate the world.” ~ Oprah

“Cast off the works of darkness and put on an armour of light.” ~ Romans 13:12

Illuminate Your World By Shining Your Light

It always amazes me what happens when you decide to shine your light on something. Once I chose to focus on this idea for my holiday newsletter, I started seeing themes of light and brightness everywhere. The next day I picked up a magazine with an article entitled, “This Fall’s Fashion is All About the Sparkle.” The following week, I saw an advertisement for makeup with the tag line, “Turn on your inner light. Reveal your outer glow!” Clearly, we all want to shine!

So — How Do You Shine?

Pope Francis calls on each of us to be “points of light.” You don’t have to be a saint to do so; you just need to be on the lookout for opportunities to be a light in someone’s life. Start by cultivating positive relationships. Consider other people’s needs and help meet them. Be patient. Encourage before you criticize. Give others the benefit of the doubt. And remember the golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

The idea that light is life-giving is nothing new to the world of science. The Heliotropic Effect refers to the phenomenon that every living system tends to lean toward light and away from darkness. People are like that, too; once you start shining your light, you’ll find others are instinctively drawn to you!

Don’t Fear the Darkness

Finally, keep in mind the strength and courage you can cultivate from your own light. With the darkness that seems to be so prevalent in the world today, it is more important than  ever that each of us shines our light brightly. Francis Bacon said, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” The darker the circumstances, the more brightly your light will shine!

Tips to Shine Your Light

Here are some tips to keep your flame shining brightly inside & out this holiday season:

At Leap Forward Coaching our process will help you shine your light — creating an illuminated world that beautifully reflects the light and joy you hold within.


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