You Light Up Your Life

You Light Up Your LifeI was thinking about the star of Christmas from the nativity story. How it shone bright in the sky as an announcement, a beacon, a sign of hope and light. Which got me thinking about Hanukkah and the oil that burned in the temple for eight days when there was only enough for one day.

Again, it’s the light, a miracle, an announcement of dedication. Now I’ll let you know right here and now that I know nothing about Hanukkah and can only remember a little of the nativity story from Sunday School. But this time of year, it’s dark out. It’s cold. I walk to work in darkness. I walk home in darkness. And I couldn’t help but think about what this season means to me (whether it be the Holiday season or just the winter season) and draw comparisons to my own life.

The candles in the Menorah are made that much more vibrant because of their concentrated light in the darkness. The Christmas star of the nativity stood out in the sky because it was surrounded by a cloak of black night. What if that is my life, or yours? I think we shine the brightest and emit the most light when we’re focused and clear about who we are and where we are headed in the darkness. Whether that’s the darkness of the economy, the dark times in our relationships, personal growth, health issues or our own doubts and fears. I think our resolve and characters shine brightest when  they’re put against the backdrop of the darkness that may surround us. Be as clear and as bright about what you are and what you want as that star in the sky or candle in the night.

“When you let your light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”

-Marianne Williamson

I hope through the short days and changing paths ahead – you will always let your light shine brightly. Character counts the most when it’s needed the most. And by living your life with sharp, focused intention – you are illuminating a path for others to follow as well. You’re making your own way bright, but you’re also helping to guide, through example, a higher path others can follow. So shine on!

—Jill Brown

Jill Brown - Duchess GuideJill Brown is a Los Angeles, California based Life Coach and Writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: