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Light Bearers

You heard me say a bit ago that I've thinking a lot about the quote { become who you are }.

Along those same lines, I have been asking myself, what was I born to do?

I know what I like; I know a few things that I'm good at. I'm not confident that those are things that I was "born to do" though (unless you can become a professional accidental plant killer...)

I met a woman once who called me a "light bearer." The first thing that came to mind when she said that was, "Well that's intimidating..."

What was I supposed to do with that? "Hi, I'm Chantile. Welcome to Blah Blah Company, I'll be your light bearer today!"

I remembered what she said, kept it in the back of my head, and tried not to let it intimidate me.

But it's stuck.

I have the most amazing parents. All you others who think your parents are great? Nope, sorry, you haven't met mine. Sometimes my dad is like a very wise fortune cookie, and I'm sure he thinks that a lot of the things he says probably glide in one ear and out the other, but they actually stick. Same with my mom. My mother gave me the biggest compliment I've ever received, ever, and she probably doesn't even remember doing it, because that's just the way she is. Once, during a sad moment in my life (which I can't remember what it was now), my dad very sweetly told me that I was blessed with seeing the world differently. { I've liked to think of it as having "soft eyes." } He told me that I needed to share the beauty that I saw around me.

I never forgot that. I haven't done a very good job of it, but lately I've been trying very hard to refocus, share beauty, be a light bearer.

I started a painting for myself a few weeks ago (of course it said "become who you are"), and enjoyed the colors so much, I started a series of paintings for some special people I think could use one.

The first painting I gave away as a birthday present to a sweet friend who needed a small reminder.

I have another one, similar, started for another sweet friend. Maybe one will show up in your mailbox someday; you never know! I like to be sneaky that way. Plus I still owe a few of you presents... { don't think that I've forgotten you; moving 4 times in the last year has taken its toll! They will be mailed out! }

Something I've thought, though, is how all of us are light bearers. We all have that spark inside of us. Mine isn't very bright some days; it's practically a glimmer half of the time. But we've all got it; even if all we do in the day is smile at someone, the ripple effect that will have is astounding.

Over at Operation NICE there are some great little cards you can print and hand out. She's made a batch before, and I carry those in my wallet (I'm trying to become brave enough to hand them out!), and I can't wait to get brave enough to hand out these cuties, too! Grab 'em and print 'em--they're free! :)

Be someone's light bearer for the day. You never know the affect you'll have.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Ann says:

    I LOVE the colors. :) And you are one.

  2. Do you need a painting, Ann? :)

  3. You truly are a light bearer :) I love you!

  4. I love you too! :) You need a painting.


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