Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Shine Your Light

by Kelly

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home.  ~Unknown

It's that time of year.  Everyone in our neighborhood has their Christmas lights up.  Coming home from work in the evenings is like driving through an enchanted forest of twinkle lights.  And I turn into a six-year old child with my eyes gazing in every direction.

Next door, my neighbors put up their Christmas lights too.  A humble strand of lights draped over the dogwood tree in their front yard.  Even with all the fantastical displays down the street, every year I look forward to these lights more than any other.

The reason is right here at my kitchen window.

A little bit of holiday magic while I stand at the sink doing the dishes after dinner.  And it just makes me so happy.

It also reminds me how important it is to put up our own lights, so to speak.  How important it is to  shine our light with the world...whether it's a smile, a kind word, a hug.  Because we never know whose life we might be making just a little bit brighter.

As always, thank you for letting me share mine with you.

Love, Kelly


AFishGirl said...

Kelly,Kelly,Kelly... first off, you know how I feel about sink shots. And then what you wrote. I'm drinking my tea and blinking a lot because you brought tears to my eyes. You are a beautiful voice in the world. I am grateful I get to hear your thoughts. Shine on, dear woman, shine on.

terriporter said...

How wonderful to have lights out your kitchen window! I'm sure it makes the job of doing dishes a lot brighter! This time of year where people are sharing and smiling always makes me wish we could all be like this the whole year 'round. And it's amazing, when you are smiling and friendly to everyone you meet, whether it is the checkout girl at the grocery store or the UPS man bringing packages, I'm sure they then share that smile with the next person they meet. Let's all keep smiling!

Erica Kennedy said...

Beautiful, Kelly! Thanks for the sweet reminder. :)

heyjudephotography said...

Kelly, you have such a way of weaving one story into another in a more than beautiful way. Yes to shining our own lights. We never know whose day we will make with a smile or a kind comment.

Dotti said...

Be of good cheer! I love the Christmas lights, too, and our neighborhood does a good job of making me happy. The main street in our small town dazzles with lights on all the sidewalk trees. And, yes, the very sight of these lights fills me with joy. Although I don't want them to stay up indefinitely, I'm always sad when it's time to take them down.

People are, in general, friendlier these days in December. Although, I must say, I'm lucky enough to live in a small enough town where, for the most part, friendliness is not hard to find. However, we do need more of it in our world. A lot more.

Lovely, seasonal post, Kelly!

Cathy H. said...

How delightful to see the Christmas lights out your window. Your stories and thoughts always brighten my day!

Kelly Kardos said...

I bet your neighbors don't even know how much light they've brought into your world via your kitchen window! Beautiful post Kelly

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