My daughter recently got her own car and just before sending her off on her inaugural drive, we quickly ran through the obvious how-to checklist:
- windshield wipers
- defrost front AND back windows
Several weeks and many nights later, she mentioned to me that the headlights were so dim she couldn’t see the road without using her bright lights. She was scared to drive in the dark until the lights were fixed.
Together one night we sat in her car and she turned on the ignition, turned to me and gesturing through the front windshield said, “See?!”
“I see you haven’t turned on the headlights yet,” I replied.
“They’re on right now!” she insisted.
“Turn the dial again and see what happens,” I suggested.
Sure enough, with one additional turn of the dial the headlights flared and she exclaimed, “But those are the bright lights!”
“No, those are your regular lights. The high beams require a little extra effort to activate,” I laughed, thinking about her sneaking around with only her parking lights for guidance while there were other cars on the road, and as soon as she was alone, she would turn on her regular lights.
How many of us metaphorically drive around with our dim parking lights, unsure of how to turn on our regular lights or nervous to use our light in front of others?
You don’t have to drastically change your life, quit what you’re doing, leave your relationship, start your own business or relocate your family. You don’t even need to dust off your list of long-ago abandoned resolutions.
Just turn up your light where you are right now and see if things appear brighter because you are now shining one dial brighter than before.