I’ve been drawing a great deal of inspiration from a Yoda quote lately. I think it usually goes unreferenced, even by most Star Wars fans. During Luke’s training with Yoda on Dagobah, Yoda tells Luke, “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”
Obviously in the world of Star Wars Yoda is being quite a bit literal, as we see Obi-wan and later Yoda and Anakin Skywalker show up as literally luminous beings. However, I think those words are worth some salt in the real world too, in a much more derived and interpreted way.
Many people believe in ideas of mind over matter, and being able to overcome difficulty and trouble with virtue and perseverance. I think too that we have a great amount of control over our perception of the world and are masters of our own domain, our minds. Given that belief, and a willingness to get over the crap the world throws at us, we can exude happiness and joy like light rays, illuminating everything around us. We can shine on others if we try and let our happiness spill out to them.
But, only if you are willing to overcome the dark muddy gunk that gets in your way.
Find your inspiration wherever you need, find the positive message!