eRipples: a FREE weekly splash of inspiration
version 2.30 [Monday, July 24, 2000]
We all shine with our own small light,
together we blaze like the sun.”
-original source unknown, submitted by Amy Schmitting
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 from within.
-original source: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, submitted by Ann Millonig (one of
the FIRST subscribers to eRipples….and still reading and submitting!)
Among the best parts of this work are the interactions I have with people
from different parts of the country with different points of view. As I
pondered the above passages on light, it reminds me of the many helpers I
encounter that spend an enormous amount of energy giving and giving so that
many other lights can shine brighter. While I find their work noble and
vital to our universe, I am concerned that many of us don’t tend to our own
lights enough. When we are so focused on nourishing others, it is easy to
forget that without proper care OUR lights can be dimmed or extinguished
with exhaustion, fatigue, and burnout.
Last week I had some fun hanging out in St. Louis with the American School
Food Service Association (and welcome to the many new subscribers from
ASFSA!) and we explored the importance ot taking care of our own light as a
necessary means to helping others shine brightly.
I dare you to do something MAGNIFICENT this week: nourish your own light
with a special treat of some kind (buy a fun book, take a 30 minute walk at
sunset, call an old friend, or buy a candle that smells good and admire its
Peace to you. All of you!