On the sidewalk in the early morning light, Craig explains what it means to “do the light thing.”
It means 5 things actually: positive, transparent, divine, low-impact, and don’t take yourself too seriously!
When you “do what’s light” it can really help your group. And you.
Here’s what Craig says in the video
Hey everybody, Hey good morning it’s Craig Freshley here. The sun is rising on my hometown and I want to tell you what I mean by “do what’s light.”
It’s kind of like, do what’s right. And the thing is that when we do what’s light, that’s usually the right thing to do.
Here’s what I mean. So first of all light is positive right? Dark is negative. Light is good, dark is bad. When we are doing the light thing, we have a positive attitude. We are thinking about all the good things that could happen rather than just the bad things. We are looking for the best in other people rather than the worst in other people. We are grateful for all the things that we have rather than angry or resentful about the things that we don’t have.
When we do the light thing, we are transparent, we bring things out into the open. We’re not keeping secrets or withholding information to get the upper hand or manipulate other people. We share freely and bring out into the light everything that we know.
When we are doing what’s light, we are also doing what is morally or ethically right. The Quakers have a phrase, “There is the light of God in every person.” Now I don’t care how you define God. You can think of God however you want; that doesn’t matter. But the concept is: whatever that is, there’s a little bit of it in every person. So when I am doing the light thing, I am thinking about what does the light within me want me to do? And I am always open to the light in other people.
Here’s another way to look at it, completely different. Light is the opposite of heavy. Sometimes I can be a burden on other people. I can be a burden on the earth. When I am doing what’s light I am treading lightly on the earth. I’m picking up after myself,I take only what I need. I am minimizing my negative impacts both on the environment and on the people around me.
And there’s even another way to think of doing what’s a light, and that is that being light is the opposite of being serious. I can take myself so seriously. I can think of myself as so important and such a big deal. But you know what, I’m here to remind myself to lighten up. I don’t need to take myself so seriously. When I am doing what’s light, I am being humble. I’m remembering that this too shall pass, and that there are no big deals. Lighten up!
Look when I was a kid in the 60’s and 70’s we had a phrase; we used to say, “Right on!” Well today I’m here to say, “Light on.”