Tiny Wisdom: Let Your Light Shine Bright

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~Marianne Williamson

We all have it: a little voice inside that tries to hold us back.

It tells us not to say what we feel so we won't make any waves. It tells us not to define what we want so that things can stay predictably easy. It tells us not to go for our dreams because we may not be good enough.

It may also tell us that it's selfish to focus on our own desires and goals–that good people are more concerned with giving than getting. But giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. And sometimes the best thing we can give to others is a reminder that we all deserve to live passionate, fulfilling, engaged lives–and we all have the capacity to do it.

So today, let your light shine.

Make your own needs and wants priorities.

Make time for the things you love to do, even if they feel silly, or superficial, or extravagant. If it's within your means to do it and it doesn't hurt anyone, don't worry about justifying–just enjoy!

Use your gifts and talents in the way you want to use them–not the way you think you should.

Speak directly from your heart, without fear of reproach.

If you believe in something, stand behind it, even if you stand alone.

Keep your heart open to the world around you so you can be moved and inspired–and then use that internal illumination to create something that will move and inspire the people around you.

Play. Laugh. Love. Leap. And remember that you have nothing to prove. There's nothing you have to do, and there's no one you have to be other than exactly who you are, because who you are is beautiful. Who you are is full of light–and the world deserves to see it.

Photo by Missie Graham

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book, Tiny Buddha's Worry Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for pre-order. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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