Shining Light—Day 16/30

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“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.” L.R. Knost (Copied from a Facebook post)


I spend a bit of time on Facebook every day. I’ll jump on and jump off several times. It’s a way to connect with people. It also has its challenges. It seems like I see the same 10 or 12 people’s posts and never see anything from the other 600 that I’m connected to. Like everything, it’s full of pros and cons.

I’m also connected to many pages that create inspirational posts every day. I love that! I love reading quotes that I otherwise would never even know existed, many from authors that I’ve never heard of. The ones that I really like, I try and save. That’s what I did with the above quote. I saved it just because, on that particular day, it reminded me to love even when life is hard.

I’m trying to teach myself to love better. I want to learn to love more deeply, more openly, and more unconditionally.

My earlier years taught me to be cautious. I have always tried to be kind and friendly. But I’ve always kept a kind of protective field around myself. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But I think it can hinder the flow of love… And I don’t want to do that anymore.

I want to get to the point where I can simply love people for who and what they are. And granted… That might necessitate loving from a reasonable distance. But I would still much prefer to be sending love out into the world rather than anger or other forms of negativity. There’s so much negativity floating around out there… I don’t want to add to that if I can help it.

And this, in and of its self, can be quite a challenge because I also love snarkiness and sarcasm. I love irreverent humor. So I’m trying to figure out if sarcasm and irreverence can live side-by-side with love… I hope so… Because in addition to wanting to love more, I also want to laugh more… And sarcasm and irreverence make me laugh!

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that I’m here…? Maybe I’m meant to someday figure out how to enable love, sarcasm, and irreverence to all coexist within me…?

We’ve all faced so many challenges. I think the above quote is right. I think the world needs each of us, and all of our light, in whatever way we shine it!

I hope you find some good ways to shine the light that is you and to send it out to the world at large because it and we need you!

I’m glad you’re here.💜

****This post is part of the 2022 Nanopoblano November writing challenge. We commit to writing a blog post every day if it all possible and to supporting each other in our writing endeavors. All of my cheer pepper friends would appreciate your support. You can find all of their blogs HERE:

4 thoughts on “Shining Light—Day 16/30

  1. My husband tells me I love too unconditionally and that is why I get disappointed and hurt so much. I am too open with my love but I can’t imagine being any other way.

    I hope you are able to figure out how to enable love, sarcasm, and irreverence to all coexist within you. You made me think of one of my favorite Bible verses:

    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

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