A thirty something year old guy walks into a bus. He stands at the front of the bus with a wadidi which is a traditional African music instrument that kind of looks like a violin. It is evident that he wants to put on a show. He asks us whether we want to hear the wadidi speak and I’ve seen enough of this to know that people are usually afraid to show support publicly to strangers and so nobody responds. He goes on to do his thing and asks the wadidi questions and plays it in a way that sounds like it’s responding in a human voice. Once he is done with a couple of questions he asks the passengers whether they want to hear more from wadidi and this time round they are a few murmurs sayings yes. I guess he has won over a few people.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
A lot happens on these buses either on my way to or from work. This time round a twenty something year old guy gets on the bus. He is seated on the front and as the bus is about to start moving he gets up opens a bag and for a fraction of a second I think it’s a gun and my heart races so fast. I am not sure why my mind takes me there but I think to myself that am going to die and the first one at that since am seated at the front. Luckily it’s a microphone and I have a feeling that he is a preacher. He’s aura is different and he is more confident than most preachers that I’ve heard preach on buses which are surprisingly a lot. He gives a background of his childhood, he was orphaned while young and is in his last year of university and has gotten where he is through the help of donors. He preaches with so much vigor and passion that by the end of it he has PEOPLE clapping.
Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the dark.
The third bus story is still about a young man. It’s not my first encounter with him as he is a regular on the buses. He sells Kaluma which is a pain balm and his sales pitch is so good so much so that he always makes a couple of sales which is no small task. You can learn a lot from him especially from his sales cycle.
If you want to shine like the sun, first burn like the sun.
A.P.J Abdul Kalam
All these three stories have on thing in common. The three guys have found and are shining their light. I have always been fascinated by the parable of the talents ( Matthew 25:14-30). The one who did not use his talent made an assumption and got scared and at the end of it all it was taken away from him.
Don’t be afraid to shine, the world needs your light.
~ Gabby Bernstein
Being a light means consciously doing things that make the world a better place. It requires a great amount of courage to look within and find out what you are meant to offer and to actually do it. It also requires passion while sharing your light so as to actually rub off your light. People who are actually lighting up the world as shown by the bus stories do not actually need a whole lot of money or power. You just need to utilize the gift that you were given, do it wholeheartedly and aim to leave the world a better place than you found it. Don’t be a taker be a giver.
So get on with it, find and shine your light. Only you can do it.