Be the light.
It is a phrase I often responded with to my daughter when she was perplexed with a dilemma. Now as an adult she will remind me of the mantra I shared with her for so many years. However, it is not just a phrase I say, it is how I choose to live.
Light can be healing – whether time in the fresh air under sunny skies or near a crackling fire, especially nice this time of year on a brisk Virginia night. We get excited when we see “light at the end of a tunnel” or the “aha” when the light bulb shines in our brain upon generating a great idea or solving a problem.
Or we can be the light.
We can provide helpful advice to someone who confides their challenge to you. We can give our time, talent, or treasure to be the light for others. We do not always know what people are going through. While their actions may not seem or be appropriate, when faced with a response, I hope you will choose to be the light.
I hope you enjoy the season of light and the holiday lights that provide cheer and welcome to homes. I wish each of you a lovely holiday season and a bright start to the new year!
President, SU Alumni Association