Be the Lighthouse

From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – I have read this analogy a few times over the past year, the notion that lighthouses do not move around. Very simple I know, but the idea here is that sometimes we want to move, play defense, intervene, react, save and otherwise scramble in a million different ways in order to warn those we care about that something is needed. A lighthouse, however, stays in one place and shines.

It is in the knowledge that this lighthouse is there, that the light is there, that ships for hundreds of years have known that there is a cliff or rock or another hazard to avoid nearby. Equally, if a storm was raging or the journey home was long seeing the lighthouse indicated that land was there, and home was close. Stay put, stay strong, stay rooted in who you are when you are your best self, and shine. We can’t actually solve the problems of other people or prevent them from crashing, but we can offer guidance in how we make decisions or commit to improving, how we shine.

And in your own journey who and what has offered you this same warning and comfort? Who was shining and steadfastly there when you have to make a decision? What phrase or truth shone bright when you were facing a dark time?

“Once the lighthouse is seen the rest of the sea is ignored,” Terri Guillemets said. Lighthouses do not move around; they stay rooted in rock. There is a lot of rocky danger in the world right now and we can feel like we are capable of offering very little… but you are so valuable and shiny in who you are and being you, so shine it out! You could be the lighthouse in someone else’s stormy seas.


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