By Brian Hay
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled
by a spark from another person.
My lighthouse is Mom, who has stood by me throughout my life. She was proud of my accomplishments in becoming a successful lawyer, a father, and a husband. Yet, she was also there to support me in my darkest times, when all of my achievements were almost lost.
Mom saw the best in me, even when I behaved badly and let her down. In my darkest hours, I isolated myself, holed away from the world at the shock of my losses. She remained by me and supported me, but also showed me the light, led me back to stand on my own and rejoin society, to be responsible and become caring for others.
Today, to witness Mom’s memory now sometimes failing her, sometimes struggling to know where she is and what is going on, it is my turn to be there for her. I would like to be Mom’s lighthouse now, her beacon of light, solid on the shore. Mom knows she’s in the right place as long as she can see my light.
I remain rock-solid in my healthy life, to shine the light for my loved ones to be able to see the shore.
© Brian Hay 2016
Shine was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Brian Hay
Brian Hay is a retired lawyer and a writer. He completed Transformative WritingTM studies at Canadian Mennonite University and received facilitator certification at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center, European Centre for Life Writing for TransformationTM, in Birmingham, England. Brian took motorcycle lessons after he turned 60, consistent with Michelangelo’s motto: “I’m always learn-ing …” He loves reading books about writing and daily personal/spiritual reflection. Since 2012, he has envisioned and helped guide this book to completion.