I woke up this morning on the final 13th of 2013, or more precisely the final Friday the 13th of 2013, with a very insistent image in my mind. Again and again as I tried to doze, I kept seeing the bright spotlight of the Luxor Hotel in my mind’s eye.
And then, I was reminded of something I hadn’t thought of in quite a while, one of the best compliments of my life.
In 1994 at the conclusion of a personal growth seminar, an aquaintance came up to me and gave me that gift. He was a fireman I knew of from my husband’s fire department, but we did not know one another well. As everyone was exchanging expressions of gratitude and goodbyes, this man looked me in the eyes with an immense expression of awe.
He took my hand and with a wonder and emphasis to his voice said,
“YOU are as bright as the light on the Luxor!”
Needless to say, I was stunned and humbled at his remark. It has stayed with me ever since. I saw him again this year, twenty years later and told him that he had given me the best compliment of my life. He blushed and smiled. I gave him a huge hug.
I’ve lived in the Las Vegas/Henderson Valley for 36 of my 43 years of life. For the past twenty years, I have had various moments of driving at night and finding myself captivated by the luminous light of our landmark Luxor. Those words speak to me yet again, “You are as bright as the light on the Luxor.”
I’m still humbled by that, yet many, many times it has empowered me.
It’s beam is brilliant, radiant, powerful and can be seen throughout the valley, and at times even from space. I hope that I may say at the end of my life that I managed to shine my light as brightly as that.
Waking to this very insistent image and hearing these words again this morning, more began to stir within me. Scenes of synchronous moments in my life came to the forefront and inspiring visions I’ve had over the years. I feel them beginning to align, to clarify and to point the way for me, much like that glorious beam of light.
Today, I’m reminded to shine my own light brightly without hiding or dulling it and to encourage others to do the same.
Afterall, we are all truly luminous, “as bright as the light on the Luxor.”
Message and Luxor images (via iPhone) by DeAnne Wolfgram