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 bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Hi Lori,
    I can’t believe I haven’t come across your blog before now! I’m glad I saw you over at Sibyl’s! I love this post, particularly, “Play. Laugh. Love. Leap.” The Leap part caught my attention in particular! Taking the leap and doing something you really want to do makes life interesting, doesn’t it!? I’m launching my first book later this month. This is indeed a leap for me!
    I’m happy to add your site to my Reader. I was thinking just the other day that I wanted to find more uplifting blogs to read! 🙂
    It’s nice to meet another Lori – we are rare!
    Lori Gosselin

  • Eric

    Thank you for that.

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

    This is going on a sticky-note on my wall right now.  Just came across your site the other day, and I love it.  🙂

  • I absolutely agree. You are always so inspiring here, Lori.

    The idea that we must become selfish before we can become generous is an interesting one. For always giving, that we don’t take time for ourselves, and thus don’t actually have much to give.

    Great as usual, keep it up. 🙂

  • Lori, you’re beyond awesome! I loved this one! Thanks!!!

  • I call that inner voice my inner persuader (justifier). It tries to persuade me into believing that I can’t or I shouldn’t do something.

    Of course the inner persuader also persuades me to do good things like reach for my goals or take a chance on something I may have avoided. That’s the inner persuader I try to listen to – the one that wants me to move forward in life instead of hold me back.

  • Maru

    I did need this post today.

  • This is gorgeous. Thank you. 

  • It’s a pleasure to make your e-acquaintance, fellow Lori! Congratulations on your first book!

  • You are most welcome. =)

  • I’m glad this came at a good time for you!

  • Thank you, Tee! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • You are most welcome. Happy Thursday =)

  • Thanks Fred! It’s so true–we have to take of our needs before we even think of helping other people.

  • Sstreger

    Love and Light!

  • May

    Love this, so true. Thanks for reminding us! Love & light May

  • You are most welcome!

  • Life Needs Chocolate

    What a short yet compelling message 🙂

  • Same for the message in the name you chose. (Life definitely needs chocolate!) =)

  • Margo

    Thanks Lori for this inspiring site!

  • You’re most welcome. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! =)