When day comes, we step out of the shade,

aflame and unafraid.

The new dawn blooms as we free it.

For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

Amanda Gorman


An amazingly gifted poet wrote the above. Her reference point was the actualization of the traditional American dream – with freedom and justice for all. However, as with all powerful truths, it is applicable to SO many other situations. 

How afraid have you been to step out from the darkness in terms of where you are going in your life? How you’re living your purpose? How many have hid from recognizing what your needs and wants are now?

I have seen so many who do not want to know what their dreams or purpose are. They are frightened that if they really came alive, they would have to change too much within their day-day lives.

 Perhaps the growth needed would challenge their relationships to grow and change as well. Or perhaps take the comfort or complacency out of their lives so that their safety net will be shaken. Or even, perhaps, call them to see the world and their place in it in a different light.

Stepping out of the safety of invisibility, stepping into the light so that you can claim a much larger energetic footprint, make a much greater impact on the universe, can be frightening. However, if we don’t risk coming alive, if we don’t risk becoming everything we came here to be, the act of self-betrayal is life changing nonetheless but in a destructive or negative way. 

As with our roses in the gardens, change is inevitable. We are all called to sit in the sun. We are all called to be seen. Fighting that element of nature can be deadly, emotionally, spiritually and/or physically.

Have you gotten lost in your life? Have you been playing it “safe”? Every one of us is called to step out into the light, every one of us is called to make this world, this country a better place.

We start by making us a better place, a better gift to the planet, a better gift to those we love, to those we touch, and to those we serve. If you have gotten lost and are hiding in the shade, come alive again, and become the light so many need to see. The world needs you.


About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.