A Lion, A Motorcycle & A Standing Light
A Lion, A Motorcycle, and A Standing Light
This weekend marked a new point of understanding enlightenment for me, and what it really means to be a standing light. I didn’t spend hours meditating at a silent retreat or fast for an undisclosed amount of time. I wasn’t holed up in a sauna somewhere cleansing myself of toxins and clearing my mind. Instead I watched a video and rode on the back of a motorcycle.
Sounds a little questionable, I know.
As I’m wrapping up a few things for work late Friday afternoon I decided to watch this video and found myself in tears throughout most of the video. “How amazing is this young man?” I’m thinking, “and why am I crying so hard?”. A boy who used an old battery and a series of tests to find the perfect way to ward lions away from his family’s cattle is making me cry. Slightly embarrassed about how emotional I became, I tried shrugging it off. Several hours later I’m riding on the back of my dad’s Harley and on a scenic night ride with him and my brother. It’s a cool, clear night and the weather is perfect. I have nothing but my thoughts, the roar of the bikes, and the cool June air. If you’ve never been on the back of a Harley before, let me tell you it’s loud, very loud but a soothing sound at the same time. You can get lost in your thoughts and just enjoy the freedom you feel. Which is exactly what I did. And as I’m drifting back to the video and the boy who saved his family and others from loss by thinking outside the box, it hits me. This is what a Standing Light does.
This boy literally used the power of light to save the lives of the lions as well as the lives of his livestock. He changed his own feelings of hatred for these magnificent creatures and instead designed a way to keep peace. He knew that there had to be a better way than death and he found it. No one asked him to save the lions, but he did! I know we can all say “I went above and beyond by doing blank once” and yes, that is awesome but he really makes that statement count. Such an amazing example for me of what a Standing Light can be.
As the bikes roar and it grows dark around us, I begin to feel more and more aware of what it means to be a Standing Light. By understanding and acknowledging that our fears and dislikes can also be a way to shine light we can grow and shine brighter for those around us. Facing a strong dislike and turning that darkness into innovating light, we can change the world, one day at a time.
With light filled regards,