Spoiler Alert: It’s not about weight.
When asked about the name of my business, I happily explain that it has always been more than a theme. It's my life's motto, and encompasses every sense of the phrase.
Here are a few of the many reasons why these two words have come to mean so much to me.
One of my most prized possessions is a deck prism. It came from the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, where we toured historic wooden tall ships on a misty October day (my birthday!) in 1995. Hexagonal glass shapes were inlaid flush with the upper deck surface which seemed curious until we went below deck. There, we saw the beautiful light these prisms brightly projected in all directions in the tight quarters, even on a rainy day. It was an incredible sight; so simple, yet so powerful and "enlightening"!
The lesson I learned on that day has stuck with me ever since:
No matter how dark or challenging the situation,
there is always a way to bring in light.
While journaling one morning a dozen years later, the phrase “be light” came to me clearly. Like the deck prism, I resonated deeply with its elegant, multi-faceted brilliance as a way to be in the world. The more I played with the phrase, the better it felt and the more I loved it.
I see it as a suggestion and reminder to be lighthearted, to shine our inner lights, to tread and travel lightly. To take ourselves less seriously! Be curious and enjoy experimenting and exploring. To both emit and absorb energy and warmth. To live simply and joyfully.
I’ve been incorporating this phrase into my life ever since. I even called my calligraphy business “Be Light Designs” back in the day, drawing my sun spiral logo onto all of my pieces with a grin on my face.
Darkness | Lightness
On the last day of January I sat riveted watching the blue/super/blood moon in its glorious pre-dawn eclipse. I couldn’t help but think about light and cycles and contrast as the crescent of the full white moon grew brighter and the eclipse waned. I was reminded that the ability to see the light requires the contrast of darkness. One is not better than the other; they just are.
When times of darkness descend on our hearts or minds, let us remind each other that it won’t last. It can’t! Ebb and flow, yin and yang, resting and doing. Cycles. It’s not always easy and requires patience and faith that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Or behind the next cloud.
Symbols of transformation and “bringers of light”, imagine how amazing it was to have this dragonfly zoom directly toward me then land on my shoulder!
This experience happened last summer and has opened up a fresh layer of meaning around “The Power of Light” that these incredible creatures embody.
More about this rich topic another time.
Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
I'd love to hear how the notion of *being light* resonates with you. Comment here or send me an email to let me know.
How are you doing with your Happiness Jars? Is it time to backfill a few entries? (I get behind sometimes, too... it's OK. We start where we are!)
As I like to say, *It's never too late to be grateful.*
Listen To My Interview
My friend, the artist Cammy Davis, interviewed me on her radio show a while back. We had a blast and talked a lot about health tips and Happiness Jars! You can listen to the recording here.
Be well and be in touch.