Rumi said ” become the light.” I feel like this sentence is really the solution to this world. If we all attempted to become the light for those around us then there would be so much light to go around. In a sense, we do all have our circles of influence and are the lights for those people. I have several groups of friends but in that group of friends there is always someone to go to for help or for advice. Every friend is different and has a special light. One of them has good academic advice, another has good relationship advice, another will support me and so on.
Even in our professions, we can be the lights. Teachers are lights to students, well if they want to be. Dentists, doctors, they can all be lights if they choose to be. My uncle is a dentist and I really feel he has become the light. He is always laughing and joking around with those around him. He is a true positive force within the family and I have no doubt outside of it too. Every person can become the light.
Our world is beautiful but we all need a helping hand every now and again. I sat in a Life Orientation class yesterday and one of the teachers asked one of the students how she was. She said she was fine. He told her in front of the whole class that she knew why he was asking her and that was because she was not saying much and was becoming more and more quiet. He asked how her grandmother was and she let us know that her grandmother almost had a stroke in the weekend because this young girl had told her grandmother that her brother was a gangster. Before long she was in tears. One of the key codes of conduct here is to be caring and it is also a code of conduct of life, I feel. Why can we not just ask others truly how they are doing and hope that we can all be honest and help each other out. Life is not easy, I don’t think it was meant to be.You do not have to carry what that person said around with you or feel guilty but them knowing that you know and that you are there makes the world of difference.
The world is becoming more and more connected, day by day. Here at the Leap school : the founder is South African, one of the main guys under him is Congolese – running the Learning Centre and Soup Kitchen in Langa, some teachers are from the States as are investors. There are no limits to our light shining.
You do not need to be in Africa to be making a difference or shining your light. There are those who are need help in Canada, the States, South America – wherever you are there are people who need a lighthouse. One of they key steps I would advise is to step out of your comfort zone. If you have never volunteered at a soup kitchen, then try it. If you have never tutored a high school student then do it. You will find something in there, those people too have a light that will rub off on you and inspire you to do more.