Following Our Own Light
by Luiz Correa
translated by Joel McDonald
How often do you find yourself needing a light? How many times has the light you had not been enough to get you where you want to go? How many times had your light failed in the middle of your journey? How many times have you needed extra light that you did not have?
At some point in our lives, we’ve had to take the road at night by car or bus, passing through totally dark roads, where only the lights of our vehicle illuminated the way before us. This light opens up the darkness, but only reveals a few yards ahead and little of the sides. If we were to lose this light, even for a moment, we can miss a turn or hit an animal that crosses the road.
That’s why it’s very important that we maintain the headlights of the car before taking a road and not lose focus while driving.
Our lives are exactly like a car on the road taking us to some destination. If we have good lights and we do not lose focus along the way, we will reach our destination, wherever it is.
But how do we keep our lights in perfect condition? How do we prevent them from failing at some point in our journey? How do we keep our focus on this journey, wherein often we only have our own light to guide us?
Each person has their way own of doing maintenance in their light, just as each driver has their mechanic of preference or confidence. Our life also has several reliable mechanics. It is up to each to decide where to do the maintenance of our light. It can be a conversation with God, reading of sacred books, listening to a friend or experienced relative who has already gone down the path that we want to tread, or it can simply be by meditation where we seek balance.
The important thing is that to follow a path, our light needs to be in perfect condition so that it is sufficient to help us reach our final destination. With this light, we can focus on the path ahead, and nothing will make us lose our way.
“Find your own light, or you will spend the rest of your life being a pale reflection of the light of others.” – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Writer