Shine your light on others

You came into this world for a purpose.  You may not even know what that purpose is yet.  As you allow your light to shine and touch others, through each person you touch, you gain clarity about your path. Every day you are having dozens of interactions with people through work, family, routine errands, and purposeful interaction.  Each of those interactions is an opportunity for you to let your light shine .Become a beacon for others and touch their lives with your light.

As you walk in your light, you become a beacon for others.  You bring yourself to every person you meet and every interaction you have, whether in-person such as at the grocery store, over zoom, or on the phone.  You have the opportunity and ability to choose how that interaction or experience will go.  When you truly walk in your light, you inevitably spread that light to others.  Sometimes all it takes to change another’s day is something as simple as a heartfelt smile. 

There are times when we have to deal with a difficult circumstance or person.  At those times, we can choose to barrel through, or to shine our light on the person we are dealing with.  When we are feeling frustrated or stressed, it can feel hard to shine our light.  At those times, we need to press pause on our thoughts, re-center, and then begin again.

To shine your light on others.
  • In every interaction, choose to come from a place of love without expectation.

  • When dealing with a person that you find difficult, choose to see them in a new light. What one good quality can you find about them that you may not have noticed before?  Sometimes those things that annoy us overshadow the good side of people.  If we can come from love, and find that quality or aspect of the person, no matter how small, we can appreciate them instead. We can shift our interaction in a positive, forward-moving direction.

  • Take time to breathe. As you move through your day, if it is a chaotic sort of day, instead of becoming frantic and spinning more out of control, take a moment to pause. Take a few deep breaths, and release the tension and stress.  

  • When you are feeling stressed or unhappy, take five minutes to do a quick gratitude practice. Think of five things you can truly feel grateful for in that moment.  As you go through each one, really feel  the feelings of gratitude.  Allow these feelings to expand as you move down the list.  When you are done, you will have shifted yourself to a better and brighter place.

Shining your light on others lets you bring the best of who you are to each interaction, and allows you to bring out the best in your experience of that person too.  Everyone wins.

In what way have you shined your light on another today?    Share in the comments and let us together light up the world.

Many Blessings,





This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022