THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE… (I’m gonna let it shine!)

Whilst preparing to work with a longstanding client who had a very knotty and longstanding issue in one of their teams, I met an interesting new colleague who had a rather different approach and I thought we could use my problem team as a vehicle for exploring her way of working. Listening to her it became clear to me that she was able to ask questions and offer insights that I couldn’t. I then thought of another friend and associate who also is able to ‘boldly go’ to places I wouldn’t feel comfortable exploring. He is able to confront people fearlessly & elicit valuable breakthroughs because he is not afraid to take them into these dark places.

At first I felt diminished by these comparisons, after all, if they could do it, surely I should be able to (or so my inner voice told me). Then I realised that I too could take them to unique places, could offer special insights & clarity that few others could and it reminded me of this old negro spiritual, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” In the end, this is the very best any of us can do: so today, why not let your little light shine, and help someone out of a dark place?

For those who are interested, listen to it here; lyrics here

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

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