With the daylight decreasing in the Northern hemisphere and the short days, it may feel like you are continually in darkness. Though office and hospital rooms are well lit, the time you get to look outside and to be outside is often dark. Many celebrate festivals of light in various ways to bring in more light and acknowledge the lengthening of days after the winter solstice. In addition to external light brightening your days, you too can be a light for one another.
What does letting your light shine look like? What difference do you think it could make?
Here is some of what comes to mind when I think about what it means to be a light –
- Lighting the way – demonstrating and being a role model in some ways. This requires thoughtfulness and sometimes self-control for example to behave with kindness and without sarcasm at times. Connecting rather than distancing yourself from colleagues, patients and families.
- Illuminating – showing a way forward. Perhaps you have information you can share. This doesn’t require you to be the example, it is more about sharing. It may be an article or a resource person that you can highlight to a colleague or friend. Getting in touch with your strengths and bringing them to what you do will automatically make you more radiant.
- Light – having a sense of humor, not taking one’s self so seriously. When would humor come in handy for you? What about for your team? Somehow it seems there are many opportunities when humor comes in handy to lighten a situation. After all, laughter is one of the best medicines, even if what bothers you is not any kind of illness.
- Light as opposed to heavy – When you use your personal strengths, tasks become lighter. You gain the ability to stand up straight, say and do what is needed so that a situation can be dealt with in a straightforward way.
How will YOU add light this season?
May your hopes and thoughts lead to more well-being as you bring light into the world.
Dina, Well-Being Coach
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