Oil for your lamp: Where do you get yours?

Oil LampOne of my favorite pieces of wisdom from Mother Teresa is her statement that “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”  This is one of the most quoted lines from her but the beginning part of the statement is also important.  She said that “If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.” And then – to keep that message burning, we have to keep sending it out.

This principal provides perspective for why we need to be constantly sending love messages to ourselves so that the oil from our own lamps can light the path for others.  So how do we in fact do that? Surrounding ourselves with supportive and loving people is part of it. Finding activities that nourish us spiritually and soulfully is another part.  What we read and consume is another.

Making sure we do these things routinely as a matter of course is the key.

One tool that can help are the many “thought for the day” or “quote for the day” services that can deliver “love messages” to us via e-mail or social media.  These have been really valuable for me as they allow me a few moments at various times of the day, week, month, etc. where I stop and absorb that positive missive.  A favorite of mine is the desk calendar that comes from Hay House because it marries wonderful images with really insightful thoughts for each day.  Here are my favorites from the first four months of 2013:

January:  I am filled with gratitude for all of the blessing of my life.

February: What a great adventure life is!

March: It is only a thought, and a thought can be changed.

April: I truly believe that we are here to bless and prosper each other.

Imagine starting the day with the reminder to be grateful.  It sets a tone that can change the day.  The same with seeing the adventure in life.  If I see adventure, I see opportunity.  I’ve often thought of being a Mom as the greatest adventure of all time! If we remind ourselves in the morning that thoughts are in fact just thoughts and that they can be changed, we empower ourselves in our thinking which in turn empowers us in our actions and our results.  And finally, if we know our purpose, everything else falls into place.

Why did these four resonate so profoundly with me? Because they “tuned in” to my frequency.  They are statements that reflect my own point of view in a validating way.  They can also serve as reminders of my philosophy so that I stay in focus.

We see what we are looking for.  So set the expectation early.  Put the right oil in the lamp so your flame can burn and send that love light to you and all those you touch.

How are you going to keep oil in your lamp today?

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