Have you ever met someone that is literally glowing? Someone who looks like they bathe in all that is sparkles and glitter? For me, this person is Aaron. The man is literally a ray of sunshine, always beaming light to anyone who has the privilege of being graced by his presence. He 100% lights up any room he walks into and you cannot help but light up through his infectious joy.
Sure… sometimes it rains in the world of Aaron, but the sun still shines. You know exactly what I’m talking about, that perfect summer down pour on a perfectly sunny day. It never seems to make sense yet you can’t take your eyes off the phenomena. Aaron is that phenomena, he continues to shine in the darkest of storms.
I have always been super curious as to how this is humanely possible. How can one not be affected by the troubles of the world? How does one shield off other’s negativity? I decided to take some time to reflect on how Aaron shines from within, I found that there are a few things that he does consistently in order to maintain the strength of his light.
Here are a few of the things that I found Aaron does on a daily basis:
1.) Appreciate any and everything that brings you joy. No, Aaron is not sitting down nightly writing out a gratitude list or even taking the time to consciously reflect on it before he retires at night. (If you have the discipline for that practice, more power to ya!) He is living in the appreciation for all that brings him joy in every single moment. This is something attainable to us all, living each and every moment with the appreciation of all that is going well for us. Focusing on what we have rather than what we do not have.
2.) Connection – All day, every day, Aaron is constantly looking to connect with family and friends. He texts/calls/facetimes every member of our immediate family at least once a day (sometimes every hour on the hour).
3.) “Aaron Time”, while he loves to connect with everyone he adores, he also does not underestimate the value in some solid “me time”. He can listen to his gut when it is telling him to step away and take a moment to himself. Daily, he takes the time to recharge his battery by doing something he enjoys in solidarity.
4.) Follows a healthy routine: of course, with a little spontaneity here and there. He does the same thing day in and day out. This removes any opportunity for the unknown, which is super scary for all of us!
5.) Lastly and debatably most importantly, Aaron’s joy for life is driven internally. While the external pleasures of the world are always a much welcomed bonus, he lights up the brightest when he feels joy, peace, connection, love, and much much more.
While I do not know nor will I ever know what it is truly like to be in the mind of Aaron, I can take solace in the fact that through being in his presence I am exposed to something miraculous. I am exposed to the power of gratitude, connection, self-care, routine, and internal happiness. I will never know which one of these is the “magic key” to shining from within. However, I can find comfort in knowing that if I just try my very best to practice all five of these things I have a shot at glowing like the dude.
Sounds simple enough right?
Seeing the similarities over the differences is the heart’s greatest ability.