tonight i was presented with my "10 year pin" from the office. the nature of the evening was a bit of a surprise---quite a few smiling faces, a cake, flowers, a few cards, "words from Washington" from my Chief back home, wine, and i was asked to say a few words. it was much more than i expected. i felt extremely honored and gracious for the efforts that went into the evening.
i felt squeamish and awkward giving my little speech. i am not in my comfort zone being the center of attention. but what i am slowly discovering, is that each time we are "in the spotlight", it is an opportunity to channel that light onward.
an excerpt from my favorite Marianne Williamson quotes says, "We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
I hope the fact that my blushing, squeamish, 10 year happy, grateful being will provide some encouragement and good vibe for some of the newer members of the "family". I was asked several times tonight, "HOW did you MAKE IT this long?!" It's pretty simple...I believe in our purpose and what we do. I didn't say it so smoothly tonight but, that's what it boils down to.
my favorite part of the evening was having Leo there with me. one of the speeches started something like, "I can't really talk about Sara without also talking about Leo" and remembering our time in Washington. Although Leo has decided to take some time out from the rat-race here in Sri Lanka, he is remembered and recognized; a testament to who he is and how he does life, working and playing.
well, i am going to take my light-filled self to bed but not before shining some your way.
Peace and Light to you sweet friend~