Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Will Smith: Be Where They Let Your Light Shine

Last year I saw a video posted by rapper/actor Will Smith where he shared a quote by Rumi that goes:

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Will Smith then went on to interpret the quote in what he calls “the Philly translation:” We should not spend time around people who do not let us shine. He says that we need to spend more time with people who nourish and inspire us, thus “feeding our flame.” He continues by saying that the people that we spend our time with are the people who will make or break our dreams.

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Always let your light shine...

I cannot agree more. I think that if people love you and care about you they will be there to support you and will let you pursue your dreams and will allow you to shine in your own way. I say this from personal experience. I was once in a relationship with someone who was always holding me back, telling me things that I should NOT do. What not to wear, who to not hang out with, where I cannot go…it held me back to the point where I did not know who I was outside of the relationship with that person. I did not know what I wanted until that relationship ended. I realized all I wanted was to discover who I was.To be who I am.  

Years later, I was in another relationship, this time with someone who gave me the freedom to be myself and to make decisions on my own. He may not have always agreed with what I wanted, but he gave me the freedom to decide and discover for myself if I made the right decision. It was a relationship that inspired me to be a better person. 

While that relationship did not last, what I learned from that relationship did. I learned that I deserved better. I learned that if a person loved you, that person will have your back, through the good decisions and bad. Since then I’ve learned to surround myself with people who have let my light shine. It doesn’t mean that they will always agree with me, but that they will be there for me no matter the outcome. For that, they will always have me as a friend in the same way.

It’s difficult to let go of friendships that we’ve had for years but I learned that there are some relationships that we need to let go of if we want to be better people. We cannot dwell or surround ourselves with negativity. It doesn’t mean that we cannot help those who are having problems, it just means knowing when to walk away when there is nothing more that can be done to help, especially if that person refuses to listen or accept it. 

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and surround myself with people (family and friends) who believe in me and in my dreams and are there to support me as I attempt to achieve them. They may not always be around physically but I know that I have a set of people who are ready to help and support me when I need them. All the friendship and support helps me to pay it forward to others as much as I can.

I hope that everyone has people in their lives who help them to live their best life. People who help to make them the best person they can be. People who help them to hope and to dream. The world would be a better place if we all had each other’s backs that way. 

This year, I hope that we can all allow ourselves to be the best that we can be and go where we can best shine our light for ourselves and for others. It's the start of the year, now is the best time to be aware and do the right steps to make it happen!

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