On January 1, 2020, the world collectively, pressed the play button to launch another new year. Almost as soon as the new year began, we found ourselves hitting the pause button, courtesy of the global pandemic. This pause was replaced by a frenetic fast forward, as social injustice and political divisiveness entered the mix as the year continued. There was no rewind or erase button for a 2020 do over, so, onward we went.

As 2021 approached, there was a renewed sense of hope, as we looked ahead to better days. 2020 may have ended, but the challenges we faced last year crashed our new year’s celebration like unwanted guests.

The newness of 2021 was quickky replaced by old threats and new ones. New variants of COVID-19. Challenges with COVID-19 vaccinations. Political and social unrest. Economic uncertainty. Before the first week of the new year had ended, it felt as if we were now stuck on repeat 2020 mode. Then, there was light.

On the 20th day of this new year, American poet and activist, Amanda Gorman, posed this question to us:

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

She concluded the recitation of her powerful inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, with the words:

When day comes we step out of the shade,

aflame and unafraid

The new dawn blooms as we free it

For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it

If only we’re brave enough to be it

Her beautiful words left me in tears and, more importantly, left me with much to ponder in a world that can feel very much devoid of light.

As I continue to reflect on her poem, I find references of light showing up on a daily basis. In one of the meditation cards that I randomly chose during my morning meditation on more than one occasion. In quotes that I come across in books and articles. In conversations. Out of the darkness of came the word light, and it has captured my undivided attention.

Light is not just a random word any more. It has become a literal guiding light in the dark, as we navigate our way through 2021. Sometimes, the light we seek and the light we shine may be like the soft, warm glow of a candle or it may be like a bright spotlight. No matter its intensity, light has the ability to drive out the darkness in all of its forms.

Instead of writing off the rest of 2021, let us ask of ourselves each day how we can be a light in our world and where we can seek light to combat the darkness in our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits. May we be aflame, unafraid, and brave to shine as we climb our respective hills and help others to climb theirs.

Idealistic? Maybe, but I would rather fan the flames of hope, love, and compassion than be consumed by the unrelenting darkness of fear, hatred, and intolerance. Shine on.

That’s another story. . .

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