“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist
Image from Flickr by Avijeet_Sachdev.
This quote immediately appealed to me as a great metaphor for the role of a coach. Much of the time, a coach’s focus is to help their clients discover, expand, and give off their light in the form of their vision, values, gifts, and talents.
At the same time, coaches often act as mirrors, reflecting back to each individual this same light to support and synergize with them in order to enhance their power, focus, and effectiveness.
How can you play the role of candle and mirror today as you support others and pursue your own excellence journey?
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Today, Wednesday 27th November, the holiday of Hanukkah begins. As part of this celebration, it is traditional to light the Hanukkah candles with the shamash candle. The shamash does not count as one of the Hanukkah candles but it is used to light all the others.
Imagine that your life force is a candle that has the power to bring happiness and light up the lives of others.
How will you use this gift today (and throughout the holiday season and the new year) to do just that?
“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
– William Shakespeare, playwright
What if we look at ourselves as candles (or for a modern twist, light bulbs)? What if good deeds and acts of service are examples of turning up the wattage to shed more light in areas of shadow or darkness?
What areas of your life (or the world) need greater illumination? What are your personal beams of light that you can share with your world to make it brighter and a little less weary?
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