Sunrise over Lake Michigan

Live in the Shadows or Live in the Light: It’s Your Choice…..

Sunrise over Lake MichiganIT’S YOUR CHOICE

Each day we have a choice to make. We can choose to live a caged up life full of tangles and snares. We can choose to live in the shadows or we can choose something different. We can choose to live in open space,  in and under the light. We can choose to step out of the shadows, to fully embrace life, and allow the light to free us from our burdens. It is a choice to step out and see beauty and joy in the sunrise, or to stay in bed nestled safely in our covers.

Although it seems like an easy choice, it takes courage and strength to step out of the cage and often times we just need a little inspiration from others to help us along….

The picture you see posted was taken by my friend Tom Camacho. Tom runs daily at 4:30am and if you’re asking why he is committed to getting up before dawn to run super long distances it’s because one day he decided to step out of his cage of tangles and snares. It’s because he is passionate about running to support Special Olympics and now specifically for a young man named Gavin in a program called I Run 4. I Run 4 is an organization that matches runners with those who physically can’t.

The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner provides a new level of motivation and awareness. Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types. (Please take a moment to watch the video at the end of this post)

Tom allows his passion to guide him as runs in the morning light. He shares his adventures with his honorary running buddy Gavin and all of us, in pictures (like the beautiful sunrise in this post) and in daily video reports from Boris Antonio Snowtiger. He inspires us to get out and do what we can to support those who are physically or emotionally challenged. He shows us the rising sun and inspires us to do what we once thought we could not and the best part is our inspiration is HIS inspiration. That’s how it works!

So, you can live a life caged in tangles and “what if’s” or you can be free to see and be a part of a sunrise. Sometimes it just takes someone showing us the light to help us choose. We get to choose to live in the shadows or live in the light. It’s our choice and it’s a choice we must make each and every day. What will you choose?~Shine Your Light Debbie

Do you run or work out? Would you like to dedicate your activity and do it for someone who is challenged? If so check out:  I Run 4 to get matched with a buddy.

If you’d like to see some of Boris Antonio, the courageous, Snowtiger’s daily adventures and buddy check-ins with Gavin, the “G” man, connect with him on Facebook.

Photo Credit: ©Tom Camacho 2014

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What Does it Mean to Have Space?

Having a spaceWhat is the meaning of “having space” or “getting your space back”? For starters it means  you have the space to be who you are. It means you are truly shining and living from the inside out.

It means validating and honoring that you are good enough, have value and purpose; It is having the space to be who you are and live an authentic life.

There is so much more to you than meets the eye! You are more than just a physical body made up of chemicals and particles. Your spirit is what animates your physical body. Spirit shines in the deeds you do, how you communicate and what you create. It shines through your eyes and your smile and the very air about you.

Your spirit is unique and no two people shine or do things in exactly the same way but in today’s society there seems to be certain parameters or limits that many abide by to feel loved and/or fit in. There is a comparison to others. In other words we are bombarded with information about what we should or shouldn’t do, who we should be or not be, the perfect body, what love looks like, that we should or shouldn’t be in a relationship and what that relationship is supposed to look like etc.

Now I ask; Do you have the space to to be who you are and NOT compare yourself to others? Do you really have the space to be who you are, warts and all? I can tell you with all certainty that it is up to you to give yourself that space. There isn’t anything outside of you can or will do it for you.

If life isn’t progressing as you want it to more often than not you’ve lost your space and it really doesn’t  matter to whom or what. It is possible to take back your space by allowing it just to BE. You instantly begin clearing your space when you give yourself the space to be who you are without comparing yourself to others or worrying if they will like you.

What if you were to be YOU and attracted people into your life who want to be near you just as you are? What if “just as you are” is GREAT and it’s a matter of loving, respecting and valuing yourself enough to give yourself a space to be without trying to control others or bending them to your will?

What if you accepted and allowed others to BE without judging where they are? I know there are a lot of questions here but they are good points to ponder. All of us (at least the ones reading and attracted to my blog) are working to be more loving and connected but until we find the connection and value the relationship we have with ourselves it is difficult to be who we are because we are so desperately trying to be someone we are not!

It is time to let go of who you think you should be and replace it with who you are! Give yourself the space to BE just as you are and ALL that you are. Let go of the “should be, would be, could be” and any pictures which say you’re not good enough. Say hello to and let go of any memory or energy caught up in the statement “you should be more like….(your sister, your brother, your colleague etc)” for  being more like someone else takes you out of your space.

You just may be the flower that colors a black & white world! Do you have the space to shine from the inside out? You may be on the verge of creating something that not only brings great value to you but to the world at large. Do you have the space to do it? Having a space puts you in charge of your creations, your destiny and your life. If you’ve lost your space (which is much the same as being lost IN space) take it back by giving yourself the space to be you!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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