Article: Spotlight: Words: many ways to dim someone elses light.

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Image Spotlight: Words
By Sharon Brown on February 27, 2016

Wise words

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ImageZanymuse
Feb 27, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Being overly judgmental, discouraging another persons dreams, making unfair comparisons, mocking.
Belittling someone in an attempt to make yourself appear better.

A person can offer constructive criticism, only if it is offered to build up the person, to help their light shine brighter. If it is not offered with this intent, it is destructive criticism that can dim the light of both the giver and receiver.
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Imagepajonica
Feb 28, 2016 2:13 AM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
I agree Brenda. Shine not to put others in the shade but to shine with them, we shine brighter collectively Thumbs up
Fortune favors the brave.
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ImageMoonhowl
Feb 28, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
I personally think it means that sometimes we need to back out of the spotlight and allow others to shine in their own right. To give others the confidence and support to grow and become their best is the kindest way to let them shine.

I think too many times we over-help when the best thing we can do is to sit back and watch and offer support through just being there. To sit down and be quiet unless a person actively seeks advice, and then simply allow them to grow and develop not by telling them how, but by asking them what they think and feel.
What I don't know is why books are written.
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ImageSharon
Feb 28, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And Moon, in the doing of that very thing, doing nothing but watching and listening and being there, our own light begins to glow even brighter.

That's what it meant to me as well when I saw the quote all over Pinterest. I never did find the actual source of it, though I did find a few similar versions, also sourceless. I used it anyway.

And that's the beauty of words, they move us in different directions, just as we need them to do.

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