Wednesday, January 11, 2012

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Elizabeth Kubler Ross was a psychiatrist who was driven to work with children with HIV and with the dying.  She was a pioneer in the field of hospice care.  She passed away in 2004 but not before she wrote a book called On Death and Dying.  She believed that the five stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - have to be worked through before anyone can find peace.

The quote above is listed on Favorite Quotes sites everywhere under inspirational quotes.  It tells me that while she worked with the dying, Dr. Ross must have really known how to live.

I believe everyone has a light.  That light comes from lots of places.  It comes from your love bank -- that is all the love you exchange with ALL of the people in your life, and it comes from your faith and beliefs.  You build it up when you do things that bring you joy, whether it's your work, your leisure activities, the people with whom you spend your time, and when you spend time by (and with) yourself.  Everyone needs that!

Fill your love bank regularly, just like you do your car's gas tank , but empty it often.  Share your joy.  Let your light shine!! 

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