Thursday, May 8, 2008

This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine

I'm going to let it shine

Hallelujah

This little light of mine

I'm going to let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine


Out in the dark
I'm going to let it shine

Oh, out in the dark
I'm going to let it shine

Hallelujah

Out in the dark

I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine
-This Little Light of Mine, Traditional lyrics from Spiritual Workshop


Self-promotion or self-esteem? When is it desirable and socially acceptable to share/announce/shout to the world news of a personal triumph?

Joanna Young, a Scottish writing coach, had this to say about power and voice:

"It makes me think of Wendi Kelly's words on having faith in your own voice, however small it might sound to you. Of how much encouragement and support an online community (like my friends on Twitter) can offer you, and how much power that gives us (both in the giving and the taking)... Of the people and places we carry with us, and how those memories work into our writing and give our words power. How the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs."


Hawaiian leadership consultant and author, Rosa Say, recently edited and posted, "Humility in the Workplace". She reminds us that
"We can be confident, and we can be self-assured; humility does not call for us to be meek, or consider ourselves lower in stature. We do not require less of ourselves, and we take our role and our responsibilities seriously. However what humility does, is create a sort of receptacle of acceptance in us, so we are open to being filled with the knowledge and opinions of others. Humility is a kind of hunger for more abundance. The greater our humility, the greater our fascination with the world around us, and the more we learn."

These women promote self-awareness and self-confidence. They do not believe, nor do I, that "self" is just another four-letter word.

Bonfire or flickering votive, shine on.


"And if everyone lit just one little candleWhat a bright world this would be" -One Little Candle, (George Mysels / J. Maloy Roach)



"Candle" by kkalyan
"Lighting candles" by gadl

5 comments:

Anonymous Mentee said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. p.s. Happy belated birthday!

Linda said...

Nice sentiments.Beautiful imagery as well.
And since you started with some lyrics-here are some for you-
"Shine on you crazy diamond"-
Pink Floyd.
Shine on Diane!

diane said...

Thank you both! Blogging gives me personal satisfaction; knowing that others read what I write is a wonderful bonus.

Linda

"To measure other people’s corn by one’s own bushel" is to make oneself the standard of right and wrong; to be extremely bigoted and self-opinionated.

"Under a bushel" is done secretly.

In the Bible, Matthew asks, very sensibly, I think, “Do men light a candle and put it under a bushel?”

Gotta let that little light shine out brave and strong!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Ha ha, I certainly am guilty of announcing every personal triumph between my Flickr page and my blog - from what mountain I hiked, to what cake I made for coworkers; from what bracelet I made that day to what color I painted my kitchen.

I was skeptical about blogging, as if anyone would care what little ol' me is up to these days - but I have over 6800 views on my blog and I'd estimate that only 4000 of those are from my own computer, so....

:)

diane said...

You are definitely one of the lights of our family :-)

Send some of those people over to your dear mother-in-law's blog!!!