Shine your light.


I used to think about life purpose as some great big grand scheme for life, something we spend our whole life chasing after. Daunting for sure. At times overwhelming.

Then one day I realized that life purpose was a series of small, fleeting events, rather than one great big span of life. Bite size in fact. It’s the one thing we love doing, time and time again. Over and over. Day by day. It’s the one thing we love sharing. Moment to moment. Breath by breath.

What make’s your heart sing?

For me it’s making the person right in front of me (no matter who they are) feel like the most important person in the world. Engaging fully, completely, in every conversation I have. No matter how long. No matter how short.


I love making someone’s day brighter.

Whether it be lifting the spirits of my psychology students. Encouraging the barista at Starbucks. Smiling at runners on the trail. Sending my mom an uplifting email. Opening the door for someone at the college. Listening intently to my husband at the end of a long day. (Hint: No cell phone in hand.)

(Bite size) Mission for this Moment.

My hope for today is to make you feel like the centre of my universe. One smile at a time. One conversation at time. If only for a moment. (Sometimes for a lifetime.) Because you matter. More than you’ll ever know.

What lights your way?


45 thoughts on “Shine your light.

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  2. Love this reminder to live moment to moment. This morning I was reminded to live in service to myself and to others, and your post has just allowed me to release even more of the burden I put on myself. Thank you for the gift of love, and sending loving thoughts back to you as well!

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    1. Thank you so much Pamela! (It takes one to know one. I love your blog.) I find writing about what’s working (the smaller the better) gives me the resolve (and energy) to power through the big stuff. And I know you can relate – both professionally and personally. When we organize our life (one drawer at a time; one thought at a time) the big things eventually (and instantly at times) fall into place.🎉💃

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  6. This is good Dr. D.! One of the spiritual teachers (I can’t remember who) said that your purpose is whatever you’re doing at the time. That helped ease a lot of pressure off of what I always thought purpose was. Thanks for this,

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    1. Thank you for adding to the discussion! As always, your raise my ideas to the next level.

      “Your purpose is whatever you’re doing at the time.” is incredible. No matter what we’re doing – it matters. I said it to myself while I was making my bed this morning.. Elevated the experience to a place of Zen. Nice place to be.🍃💚

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  7. Di

    Such a gorgeous message Dr Andrea . And I am the same…What lights my way? You ask. Being welcoming and encouraging to everyone with every word I write and speak. I’m glad I found you from the lovely post by Watchingthedaisies 💐🌟🌟🌟

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  8. “My hope for today is to make you feel like the centre of my universe, one smile at a time, one conversation at a time.” — I think that this is indeed what it’s all about, Dr Andrea, for me as well. It’s probably why I’m more comfortable with, and better at, emailing friends than blogging widely (though I’m trying with the latter!).
    Achievement in life can mean different things to different people — whether it’s being a parent, clinician, professor, entrepreneur, or a mighty potentate — but, speaking for myself alone, being a good friend (or even simply trying to be so) is the pinnacle of human achievement.

    Thank you for underlining that so well in this lovely post. 🙂

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    1. Buffy! Everything you write warms my heart. You so get “it”. Achievement can be measured in so many ways. But the one that matters most – is the one that matters most. And how lucky your friends are, to be on the receiving end of your love. Shining a light indeed. For all the world to see. 💛🙌

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      1. Oh gosh, that’s very kind indeed… and the fact that you say that makes me think I’m doing something right! Haha. I think I probably did “get it” relatively early in life… but that belief was then challenged quite strongly(!), and ultimately confirmed after a lot of difficulties… which was an important part of the process, I think.
        Thank you, again, for all your authentic positivity. 🙂 💛

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  9. I love everything written on this post, Dr. Andrea! 🙂 It is so positive.

    “I love making someone’s day brighter.”- count me in on this one! 🙂 I think even the loneliest person on earth would feel a spark of happiness inside him if he is able to brighten up another person’s day. 🙂

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    1. So true Nina! “I think even the loneliest person on earth would feel a spark of happiness inside him if he is able to brighten up another person’s day.” It’s in the reaching out that we find our light – even (especially) on our darkest of days. Wishing you a day filled with light & love.


  10. Such a beautiful message, and a true gift to bring into any ones life, to make them feel special, We do not need to do major things to brighten up someones life.. A smile, a helping hand off a bus with shopping and small children in tow.. Opening a door. A smile at a stranger.. All have brought Light into my own day, And I try to give these little gifts back along the way..
    Wonderful post..
    Sue 🙂

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  11. krish

    Most don’t realise the purpose of their life even after spending a lifetime…
    It’s all about what gives you happiness…what boosts your happiness index..
    Every small step one takes towards meeting the purpose excites…boosts…
    If you are happy you can make the people around you happy..

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