Last night we celebrated the New Year by standing with hundreds in between the entrance of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. It was very sweet as so many families, friends, couples, lovers and disney faithful gathered to ring in the 2017 new year together. There were smiles and hugs, horns and hats, and tierras and tiggers all around. Hispanics, Caucasians, African-Americans, Eurpoeans, Middle-Easterners, Asians, Islanders, and probably just about every ethnicity was there last night. Which also meant just about every possible Faith structure was there last night; Christ centered Faiths, Hindus, Muslims, Jewish, Spiritual but not affiliated, non-denominational, Latter Day Saints, Buddhist, and probably a few others I am forgetting to mention. Needless to say, it was very moving and human kindness was all around.
“Happy New Year” many shared with loved ones and strangers. “Feliz Ano Nuevo” was shared in other areas. Which reminded me why I started this company and why my cozy but committed team and I am focusing on the Faith Division first; WE WANT TO BRING MORE GOOD TO OUR WORLD. We want people to SHINE. I believe in the Light of Christ as a Universal message, as an action, a consciousness, and a mission. If you read the posts and articles today on Social and News Media, 2016 was a year with some serious bumps and bruises. What year wasn’t though right? True, but 2016 seemed to be unique in bringing some age old ‘stinky’ things we forgot in the fridge right back up to the front.
We experienced serious divisiveness in our country during the election. We saw a refugee crisis in ways we’ve never seen before because of Social Media. We saw ‘Black Lives Matter’ marches, protests, and we saw when single men with hate in their hearts take violence out onto the streets of our world nations – the truck that killed far too many in France, the gunman of Pulse in Orlando, the shooter in Dallas, and many other that we will let their names and actions fade into the darker memories of 2016.
If there was ever a time for the LIGHT TO BE SHONE upon the darkness, it is now. If there was ever time to turn us away from a paradigm of ‘what we don’t want’ to a position of positive activism of ‘What can I be a champion for?’, it is now. It is up to us, each one of us that woke up with a roof over our head, an education that gave us the structures to be articulate and poised, a health in our hearts and bodies that lets us walk and talk with others so that a message of renewal and growth can be born again.
Yes, 2017 will be the Year of the LIGHT CAMPAIGN 2017. Using tags like #LightUp2017 #WhenYouShineIShine, and #LightCampaign2017. And our goal will be to have the world present to their LIGHT WITHIN and the LIGHT They can be for others. It is a Universal message, it is not owned by one, but shared by many. I grew up and learned it as “I AM THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT and THE WAY” – John 14:6.
I saw His Light last night. I saw it in the smiles, the love, the hugs and the warm wishes and courteousness amongst strangers. I people shine because others shined. And I saw 2017 Shine.
Next post, What is the Light Campaign and how you can join.