Part of a Eulogy I gave for a family member who recently passed away
Nelson Mandela wrote
‘ you are a child of God. Your Playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you . We are born to manifest the glory of God that is in us . It is not just in some of us, its is in everyone, and as we let our light shine , we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same . As we’re liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others.
When I first read and pondered these thoughts I began to see the simplicity in those elegant words . We are the conductors of our own symphony. But unless we believe in the light within that sound is never heard. The truth is the “average person is potentially as creative as the CEO who sits in a big office. But the problem is the person on the bottom doesn’t trust in himself and doesn’t believe in his own light. So the choice is yours. You can choose to access your light by getting in touch with your passion and pursuing people and activities that ignite your light, or you can choose to trudge through life in a state of endurance missing most of what you experience . You see these people every day. If life was a symphony they would hear the notes but miss the genius. If life were a rare gem they would see the color but pay no attention to the cut
To live without your light is to live life with out fully experiencing the wonders, drama, and excitement. Engage life and the passions of life and you will find your light.
We all share this small planet We all cherish our dreams and those we love. We all breathe the same air and we are all mortal . Celebrate life everyone even those who are gone because in the end when we all have to hand in our ticket the question will be as it is for us all “Did we live or did we merely exist”? . In the words from the group “Rare Earth ” I just want to celebrate another day of living”