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How to Hide and Still Shine Like the Sun

An open letter to the #ILLUMINATION Tribe

Photo by Khushbu hirpara on Unsplash

I close my eyes
Only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity ~Kerry Livgren (Kansas)

I am one to believe in my dreams. And I know I am not alone.

We are all feeling a little sad and overwhelmed today, and I understand.

As the old saying goes, “This too shall pass.” I am a die-hard optimist.

Sherry McGuinn had put out a challenge, and many of us responded with “Silver Lining” posts.

So I ask,

“Where is the silver lining today in our current situation re: Illumination?”

As I see it, first of all, we have gained a new appreciation for what we have, and I am using the present tense on purpose. It’s not over.

I ask myself: Do I genuinely believe that good can lose to evil? That one person with misguided intention can bring a good thing down? I don’t. The Sun sets, and the Sun rises. Season come and go. We live in a world that is cyclical by nature.

I believe that only hurt people hurt others. How hurt must somebody be to want to hurt hundreds, no, thousands of other people? I don’t just feel sorry for someone like that, I also pray for them, and send them love.

The Sun doesn’t lose its shine behind the clouds. #ILLUMINATION is an idea that is the brainchild of Dr. Mehmet Yildiz. Ideas don’t die because of resistance; they persist and become healthy by facing challenges.

These are just some thoughts I am entertaining this morning as I get ready to resume my passion for writing and communicating what I believe.

Y’all be blessed and have fun writing, reading, and connecting.

As always, thank you for reading.

Rasheed Hooda is a regular contributor to #ILLUMINATION, a writers’ community on Medium, where writers support each other to grow and prosper.

He is a self-proclaimed weirdo who lives a Freedom Lifestyle and writes about related topics — Travel (a top writer), Personal Growth, Freedom, and entrepreneurship. (Join the Tribe)

You can let others tell you what it means to be successful, or you can decide it for yourself.”



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Rasheed Hooda

Rasheed Hooda

Self-proclaimed weirdo. Jack of Many Trades, Master of Some. Author, Speaker, Photographer. He walked on Route 66 Chicago to L.A.