During this month of savoring beauty, itâs time to take a look at whether youâre allowing your beauty to shine, or whether youâre hiding it unknowingly.
Several years ago I went through a series of personal growth classes, and one of the exercises revealed something surprising to me: Throughout my life, I had been suppressing my joy because a member of my family was not happy. If something good happened to me, I felt guilty. If I had something to celebrate, I downplayed it. I couldnât talk openly about joy in my life because part of me believed that until she was happy, I couldnât be.
Not only was this emotionally damaging, but it just didnât work. In fact, it never does. If we think we canât be happy until everyone else is, weâre all going to suffer a long, long time. But if we go ahead and let our light shine, we put more joy out there in the world and give others permission to be happy, too.
So take a really good look at the beauty within you. Are you allowing your light to shine as fully as possible? Or have you put yourself on hold and given someone else the power to determine whether youâre happy or not?
- Is there any good that comes from me hiding my light?
- What would happen if I allowed my light to shine?
- In what ways could my inner beauty make the world a better place?
In the next few days, journal about these questionsâand let your inner voice guide you to all the ways you can share the fullness of your beauty within.