“As we drive away from the city and into the wilderness, the night sky appears to get darker and darker, yet the stars appear in clusters brighter than before”

One of my favourite things to do in summer when we go camping, is to gaze up into a clear night sky and just enjoy what appears like a million little diamonds sparkling down on me. Have you ever noticed how the darker the sky appears, the brighter the stars seem?

In dark times, the same can be true. I’m not suggesting we’re living in dark times, but when you turn on the news, headlines can paint a bleak picture of the world…Violence, accidents, economic turmoil, natural disasters, global warming. The list goes on and on. It can make us feel like we are living in dark times. It can make us feel a little hopeless. If you sift through though, you will surely uncover some stories of triumph, people fighting for good causes, people overcoming dark situations. We can liken these people to the bright stars that stand out in the night sky. This ability to shine is within each of us and there are opportunities all around, all we have to do is look., then act.

Shining in dark times isn’t only about the big gestures, like saving the world from a cataclysmic comet. It’s really the sum of all the small things. Like kind words to someone going through a difficult situation, making sustainable choices, donating some things that could be useful to someone else, volunteering your skills. It’s the sum of all these small parts that together will help bring about the big changes we want to see in the world. How? By touching the hearts and minds of one another, we are inspiring each other to be better people, to live better, we are raising the bar! We don’t just need one or two people to do big things to see change in the world, what we need is millions of people all over world doing lots of small things. A beautiful constellation is not made up of one star but many!

Let’s encourage one another to make conscious decisions each day to brighten some ones day and to live life in a brighter way!