Let your little light shine



… With a pure, clear light,

Like a little candle,

Burning in the night.

In this world is darkness,

So, let us shine,

You in your small corner

And I in mine.

Extract from the Hymn by Susan Warner 1868

Got me thinking about how the small changes we make add up, how our seemingly ‘little’ contribution makes a difference.

Recently, was sold some caged bird eggs, bought them thinking they were free range, because from this supplier they normally are free range.  Slight feeling of having been misled, but ultimately it is my responsibility to check the authenticity of these and other things.  This is something I feel strongly about, the freedom of the birds that provide the eggs I eat is important to me.  I grew up with parents who lived through the hungry years of the war and imprinted on my psyche is that you do not waste food, so I admit I ate the eggs that had already been bought, but next time we bought from the same place, ensured that the eggs I was eating would indeed be free range.  A seemingly ‘small’ thing, but each time we buy into the factory farming of hens and their eggs we endorse everything that stands for, the imprisonment of innocent hens, their incarceration in an alien artificial ‘factory’ environment, their lack of a ‘life’, just to provide a cheaper egg, is it worth it?  I would rather eat fewer eggs and pay more for them to ensure that the hens producing them had a life worthy of any sentient creature.

Then there was the debate over ‘green’ energy suppliers, how does that work we wondered as we pondered whether to save slightly less when we switched suppliers this week, so I did a quick trawl of the interweb to glean some information.  Now I understand how it works and chose to endorse the company that provides green electricity (wind and solar) and carbon neutral gas and is a ‘not for profit’ company.  Despite having to pay about 7.5% more for it.

So what can I do in the current unique pandemic lockdown situation…. Well physically not a lot, because health issues of my own often curtail my ability to accomplish even simple everyday tasks, I cannot volunteer to help in any medical scenario, I would be more of a liability than an asset, I cannot even volunteer to deliver shopping for others less able than myself, as lifting and carrying are one of my biggest challenges and I would probably end up needing such help myself if I tried it…. So what can I do?

Well I have skills and talents that are easy to use and do not demand anything physically of me.  I began by using my meditation time to send loving light fill thoughts to the situation and those struggling with the effects of it.  Just me in my small corner…..

Then I realised we are stronger together, so I reached out to others to join me in their ‘small corners’ shining like little beacons of love filled light, and I am so glad that many of you chose to join in and help me join those little points of light together to create a grid of love and light than now embraces the planet in the gentlest of loving hugs.

So for now…… I will do what I can, that is my promise…..

I’m going to let my little light shine….

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

I’m gonna take this light around the world
And I’m gonna let it shine….

Will you join me?  Follow this link to find out how Gaia Project 2020

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This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

1 The light that shines is the light of love,
lights the darkness from above,
it shines on me and it shines on you,
and shows what the power of love can do.
I’m gonna shine my light both far and near,
I’m gonna shine my light both bright and clear.
Where there’s a dark corner in this land
I’m gonna let my little light shine. [Refrain]

2 On Monday he gave me the gift of love,
Tuesday peace came from above.
On Wednesday he told me to have more faith,
on Thursday he gave me a little more grace.
On Friday he told me just to watch and pray,
on Saturday he told me just what to say,
on Sunday he gave me the pow’r divine
to let my little light shine.

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