Lightly Child, Lightly.

Your light does not come
from your successes.
Your light is not ignited
by perfection,
or achievement or body shape.
Your light is not fueled by
popularity or acceptance.
Neither is your light at any
risk of being put out,
when other lights around you,
are bright.
Your light is simply made of the
you-ness that makes you you,
the worries you have in the night,
the music which sparks your joy,
the books you had to read twice,
the memories stored safely
in your heart,
the people you love and the
people who love you.
Your light is never dependent
on how you look,
or how you perform.
It’s just there,
and it’s quite simply brilliant,
and it’s all yours.
And it lights up every room
you walk into,
whether you activate it or not.
What a wonderful thing.
Shine bright little fighter,
this dark world needs your glow.

~Donna Ashworth, “Your Light” in I Wish I Knew. Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your Spirit (Black & White Publishing, April 28, 2022)


  • Poem: Thank you Make Believe Boutique
  • Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”



  1. We all certainly need your glow, Dave, on a daily basis

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  2. WMS! Just love this….

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  3. WMS…

    Thank you for the reminder!

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  4. WMS

    Glow little fighter. Glow!


  5. I Googled “meaning of WMS.” Uh, don’t anyone do that!! Just ask. I’m asking! (What a beautiful excerpt — we ought to print out such as this and stick it on the bathroom mirror.)

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  6. Needed so.

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  7. beautiful words…

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  8. Thanks for the WMS explanation… I did like Under the Mask… d’oh!
    And yes, you keep on shining yours!

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  9. WMS…
    I have a younger friend who I sometimes say to him or end an email with…Keep Shinning Bright…there is an after glow when one encounters people who Shine So Bright…

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  10. You found your light years ago…I’ve watched the glow only become brighter. 🙂

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