During this month of savoring beauty, itâ€™s time to take a look at whether youâ€™re allowing your beauty to shine, or whether youâ€™re 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 couldnâ€™t talk openly about joy in my life because part of me believed that until she was happy, I couldnâ€™t be.
Not only was this emotionally damaging, but it just didnâ€™t work. In fact, it never does. If we think we canâ€™t be happy until everyone else is, weâ€™re 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 youâ€™re 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 questionsâ€”and let your inner voice guide you to all the ways you can share the fullness of your beauty within.