Be The Place Where Love Shines Through

Last week, I went to a celebration of life for a woman
who was influential in the business community, and
very influential to the early success of my business. It
was hard for me to accept that she had passed away.
Michelle was feisty, full of life, and only in her 40s.
Without question, I thought she would beat her cancer.

Michelle’s passing has been a sharp reminder that we
don’t have much time. The days are long but the years
are short. I feel I have so much more to say, so much
more to do, and yet… I’m taking these years for granted.
Later. I’ll get around to it later. Writing my book,
practicing yoga, patching up that relationship. Later.

What if there is no more later?

During her last few months, Michelle wrote this in her blog.

“Be the place where love shines through, because
it’s good for others and very good for you”

I think about Michelle and about these words everyday.
How can I be that place where love shines through, when
doing so feels scary? I long to be that place, and yet it’s
easier to turn away and play it cool.

So I’m trying it out. In small moments, sitting frustrated in
traffic, I say “be the place where love shines through” and
my annoyance dissolves. I’m left feeling connected to my
deeper self. It places the minutia of life into expansive
perspective.

In big moments, it means expressing the fullness of my
deepest joy, my most shameful pain and my truest love.
Personal expression and writing is a big part of that. So
is giving voice to others.

I’m so grateful to do this work for my brave clients. What an
honour to help give birth to these voices. It’s so exhilarating
to hear and amplify the burning desires of people who want
to change lives.

So what about you?

How can you be the place where love shines through?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

Read about Michelle’s extraordinary life HERE.

In light,
Jaeny

4 Responses to Be The Place Where Love Shines Through

  1. Hi Jaeny – I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately, I can totally relate. I was also at a Celebration of Life for a very good friend last weekend. He was killed while on vacation in Mexico so it unexpected and also so sad. One thought that brings me comfort though is that I know he lived a full life, had a great job doing what he loved (travel), had a great relationship with the love of his life for the last 14 years, and his family, and he was a great contribution to his friends, family and the community. This was evidenced by the 175 people at his celebration in Calgary and another 150 people here in Vancouver. It again reminded me of how important it is to balance today with tomorrow… as you’ve heard me say – Live today as if you could die tomorrow, and plan for the future as you could also live forever. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the encouragement, Medy. You are always an inspiration and there is no doubt that you will greatly influence many people in your lifetime.

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