March 28

Today's quotation:

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 within.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Today's Meditation:

What kind of light shines from inside of me?  Does any light shine at all?  When a complete stranger sees me on the street, does that person notice anything different about me, or is the light that comes through me and from me just about the same as everyone else's?  I ask myself this often because I see people who seem to shine, who seem to have a brilliant internal light that shines through in their eyes and in their smiles, and I would love to be like that.  But is that something that we're born with or without?  Or something that we can develop?

If I'm to have that glow that comes from inside, then I truly must love myself.  I must treat myself well and believe truly in my worth.  I must accept myself as I am and not subject myself to artificial expectations.  I must be me, and only me, and proud to be me.

I do have plenty of beauty inside of me--every creature that has been created on this planet does, so why would I be any different?  But does that beauty shine forth as a beacon for others, as an example of what we can be, or do I keep it hidden by refusing to acknowledge it?

We all will go through periods of darkness, but darkness outside doesn't mean that things have to be dark on the inside.  You have a beautiful light that shines inside of you, a unique light that is yours alone.  Can you make it grow so that it's visible to all who meet you?

Questions to consider:

How can you develop the light that's inside of you and allow it to grow?

Why might we have a hard time getting that light to shine forth into the world as an example?

Have you acknowledged and accepted the true beauty that's inside of you?  How do you share it?

For further thought:

It's easy to see and notice what we like in other people.  Sometimes,
it's not as easy to see the attributes and beauty in ourselves.
It's good to see the beauty in others.  But sometimes, take a
moment and get excited when you notice what's
beautiful in yourself, too.

Melody Beattie


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