Sunday’s Wisdom #235: Let the Light Shine

“The Light in me is for everyone!”
– Kari Kamiya/Kamiya Hikari, Digimon
Season 1 (aka, Digimon Adventure), Episode 53, “Now Apocalymon”

The exact circumstances surrounding this quote, coming towards the final climax of the show, are a bit extensive. Suffice to say that Kari and her friends have been brought low, and now they are rising again, together. Their united determination renews the source of their strength, from within, which is rooted in the practice of particular virtues, like courage, friendship, love, etc. As they’re marveling at this visible renewal, they realize that their greatest strength is in their unity. They draw power from one another, learn from each other, and so they all practice all of their virtues, not just each to their own.

The light within the human soul may survive solitude, but it thrives better when in good company.

Indeed, all the good things within us are meant to be shared, that we give life to those around us, and receive the same in return. As someone wise once said, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” And so Kari’s Light is not only hers, but a reflection and an empowering of those around her.

The light within us is for everyone, and everyone’s light is for us.

The example others set is there for us to learn from, just as our example is one that they learn from.

I think we sometimes forget that. We see someone who is so handsome/pretty, so brave and strong, so kind and wise, so (fill-in-the-blank), and we think, “I wish I could be like that.” It’s all right to wish, but we may think that wishing is all we can do. That just isn’t so.

Even when we see some good in ourselves, or have it pointed out to us by someone else, we still make the mistake of limiting ourselves. Now, it is no bad thing to build yourself on a particular virtue, but we must remember, no one is restricted to only one.

We can have it all. We can become everything good, one step at a time, one day at a time.

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