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  • Writer's picturePaul Cotter

The Beacon


Lighthouse with rain clouds in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

We all have a beacon that we follow — something that guides us on our life journey and helps us reach our chosen destination, just as this lighthouse guides approaching ships in a Nova Scotia bay.


What’s your beacon?


Earlier in life, I was drawn to the bright lights of success. I wanted to rise to the top, be recognized for accomplishments and have all the trappings that come with achievement. But over the years, I realized this was an unfulfilling and potentially dangerous beacon to follow.


So I chose a different beacon: one whose light represents family, spiritual growth and the joy of artistic expression. These are the things that matter to me, and they’re the things that guide my heart and my choices.


Whatever goals we choose to pursue, it’s good to find a beacon that calls out through the darkness to our deepest, most sincere intentions.


That’s how we avoid drifting aimlessly and steer clear of the rocks as we navigate in our intended direction.


It’s worth thinking about. What’s your beacon?




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