"Do not chase people. Do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life, will come to you." ~ Wu Tang
This is so true. Some people are trying so hard to be a rock star but no one knows what they're gonna do when they get there? Wanting to get the attention and the light shone our way before we know how it is we would use that spotlight to use our lives to serve the greater whole, is backwards from where I sit. I think finding one's light (gifts, talents, and 'you'ness') has to come first, so we have a strong and solid foundation on which to base everything we do.
Shining our light doesn't mean seeking attention. It means being confident with ourselves and sharing who we are with others in a humble way. It's interesting to observe the human behavior of trying to 'impress', seeking attention at all cost, like shooting cannons from the lighthouse even though the boats are going to see you no matter what. It's interesting because trying to impress people actually comes from a place of insecurity and thinking we're not good enough just the way we are. It can come across as arrogance, narcissistic, and self absorbed but those are masks that cover up deep insecurity and feelings of inadequacy. Living our lives trying to impress will often times attract people who seek to take our energy. Being who we really are will attract like minded people who are walking a similar path of integrity.
Seeking credit or quietly performing a random act of kindness? Talking over everyone or being quiet and paying attention to others? Trying to impress or just being yourself? Telling stories about your life or asking someone about their life?
It takes courage to continue on our own path...one that is true to us because sometimes the people in our lives don't want us to become our true selves. Continue on the path that is true to you anyway. In the end it is only ourselves we have to answer to.
I set out to 'find myself' a few years ago when life wasn't working and my soul nagged at me daily that there was something bigger for me to do here. I find myself today calling myself an Artist (which I believe we all are in some form) and I SO didn't see that coming. I used to do charcoal sketches as a young girl because I found peace in that and most people in my world didn't even know I drew! A twist of fate on my journey to myself, led me to six months of solitude on an island in Washington State last winter. My childhood friend needed a house sitter for their house on an acreage there. This was a miracle for me as I'd been moving from place to place never knowing how I would eat some days or where I might lay my head. I had no idea what this experience would be about, as usual, I knew it would be life altering and it was. Before she left to begin her new life in Northern California, she told me she felt guided to leave me her sketch pad, two pencils and an eraser. I thought to myself, ok...thanks but I'm sure I came here to write. Six months later I came back to Canada with eight drawings which are now available for purchase and are hanging on people's walls!! Sometimes I look at them and think 'did I do that?'. While I understand completely that I am merely a vessel in human form that Spirit uses to create through, I am humbled and grateful to have that venue to shine my light.
I am sharing that part of story, in hopes of offering you inspiration on your own journey. We've all come here with gifts to share and they're all completely unique to us. I should share too, that I've experienced much change by way of relationships falling away, hearing others' opinions of how I 'should' be living my life, and I've felt others' resistance to my changing and even jealously and attack. I've also experienced knowing who fully supports me on my path, encourages me and lifts me up. I changed anyway....cuz in the end it's myself I have to answer to. :)
Our true light come from just being us. Being ourselves. No one else can do that, only us! Shine on, shine on!
Peace, Love and Shiney'ness.....