There is a place in the shadows that we all dwell in at some time or another. We stay hidden there trying to peek out and understand how to step out fully into the brilliant sunshine where in our heart we know abides more fulfillment and meaning. But how do we do it? How do we step out of the shadows and get ourselves into the wonderful warmth of the sun?
Gamzo, the fox encountered Ari for the first time as the small lion trekked through the strange forest on his journey to find his beloved homeland. The fox played a cruel trick on Ari but instead of the usual amusement gained by such actions the sly fox experienced something extraordinary in the way Ari responded to his cunning actions.
The lion’s way of peace was something the fox had never known before. It caused him to look at life differently. The ways of his world now seemed clearly wrong. He was bewildered and he was changed. Now Gamzo longed to understand and learn more. He stayed in the shadows, following Ari as the small lion continued on his way.
As Gamzo observed Ari from the shadows, he learned there was more to life, there was a new way he was to live, there was something compelling him to be more than he was. What was it that was missing? Then, the time came when Gamzo was challenged to step out of the shadows so that he could finally step into his destiny.
Gamzo overcame the fear, doubt, and limitations of the shadows. He pushed through his selfishness, stepping out of the shadows into action that saved Shirarina’s life. The tiny bird would have perished had the fox not been there to help her. Gamzo found he was now in the open and exposed. He felt quite uncomfortable but at the same time it was exhilarating.
For the first time, Gamzo felt good in his heart. He had reached outside of himself and as a result helped another creature. He stepped out of the shadows and made a difference. No longer would the vain amusements of his past life satisfy him. Gamzo now understood what was missing. He found out there was purpose to his life, he found out how to live outside of the shadows and in the warmth of the sun.
I believe it is time we stepped out of the shadows of fear. We must stop just peeking out and wondering what it would be like to express our true self and our divine purpose. Let’s venture out of the shadows, that fear of being exposed, judged, failing or feeling inadequate. Then we can actually move into using our gifts to make a difference in other people’s lives. No longer will we continue only watching from the shadows how others are living in the sun.
Every day in our own uniqueness we can make things better for someone. We can help, we can love, we can listen, we can give, and we can respond in peace. As a result we come out of the shadows more and more. We experience the satisfaction of discovering our true brilliant self that can shine in the sun. Perhaps others who begin to watch us from the shadows will be compelled to step out into the sun and shine as well. It really is quite simple to do. Step out of the shadows of fear and you will finally step into your destiny and a life full of meaning.
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” ~ Psalm 138:8
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy