Shining Light

by Teresa Smith on June 4, 2012

I heard a fellow make a comment about a geode today. He was talking about how on the outside of the geode, it just looked like a rock, but on the inside it was beautiful. I’ll have to say that do own a geode or two, I have quite a bit of a stone collection. I love the way they feel. Some are smooth and polished, others are rough. They’re all beautiful though in their own way. I’m always amazed at the various colors and to think of how they were created. I also have some gemstone quality pieces. To think that certain stones such as chrome diopside come out of the ground that green, that beautiful.

As humans, we all come in different shapes, sizes, colors. Sometimes we put up walls or seal ourselves up in a shell because we’ve been hurt and we try to find ways to protect ourselves. Growing up, I was always shy, what people from around here call ‘backwards’. Most of my life I considered myself an introvert. I would always look at people who were extroverts and wish I could be more like them. I once had a co-worker tell me that he always thought I was ‘stuck up’ or conceited. It wasn’t until he began to know me, that he realized I was just shy.

I remember there was another co-worker in the corporate job that I had. She didn’t have that many friends at work. I tend to always gravitate towards the underdogs in life and so I befriended her. She had that rough outer shell, that rough and tough exterior. One day, I decided that I was going to have to open up and become vulnerable in hopes that she would also open up and trust that I wasn’t out to do her harm. That day changed our relationship. Today she is a good friend. She is married and has a beautiful seven year old little girl. I talk to her every day. I usually have lunch with her once a week. She uses the holistic techniques that I use on herself and her daughter. She understands me and I understand her and I consider her a very good, close friend.

If you had told me 12 years ago that I would have the relationship that I do with her, I would have told you that you were crazy. The thing is I had to break through that rough exterior to find that beautiful person that I knew she really was. So many times we look at people and judge them just by their looks or their actions. We don’t really know what they’ve been through in life and why they may act like they do unless we really get to know them.

Somewhere inside, maybe deep inside… we all have that beauty, that light. Sometimes we put up walls for protection, but that beauty is still there. I’ve seen people who are ill, depressed, some having allergies and that light seems dim. Be aware of the people around you. Don’t always be quick to judge others without getting to know them. So many people are just waiting, hoping that someone will reach out, accept them. Underneath that rough exterior, they may look just like a rock, but make the effort to discover the person inside, the gem, the shining light.

Blessings in the coming week

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