Diwali for me has always been something empowering: a time to reflect on all of the positives within our lives -- our loving friends and family, our good health, and prosperity -- and realize what it is truly important.
I have a newfound meaning for Diwali. There is more to the festival of lights than lighting lamps, wearing fancy clothing and feasting. The real lesson of Diwali is to move beyond these material aspects in order to recognize the value light holds in our lives.
Diwali has many reasons to be celebrated, but what they have in common is the belief that the day, in one way or another, commemorates freedom from ignorance, darkness and evil, and an awakening, or reawakening, of light, goodness and wisdom.
At this time of the year people around the world are getting ready to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Light the lamp of wisdom and love in every heart and bring a radiant smile on every face.