One of the easiest ways to share light with others is a reflector. We use reflectors in a larger variety of safety items, from bike reflectors to reflectors around the lights of cars, to the reflective material used in clothing to make a person more visible to others. Reflectors are passive light systems; they do not necessarily generate their own light, but they enhance the light from other sources. They take the light we emit and they share it back to us, often even brighter.
Sometimes , especially when things seem dark or dreary, we can be reflectors as well. We can recognize the energy, the effort, that someone else is making and to give that energy back to them, even brighter. To say “I see you and I appreciate you”, especially when someone is feeling less than appreciated or alone, or sad.
You might be familiar with the Sanskrit word Namaste’, which is sometimes translated to “The divine light in me bows to the divine light in you.” The practice of Namaste’ is meant to impart that every being has a divine energy; we are all children of the light.
For us, as Scouts, it is a perfect example of the twelfth point of our Scout Law: A Scout is Reverent. We can show our reverence by understanding and respecting the divine in everyone, and by being a reflector to help them see their own light when things get rough.