Let your heart be light.

Written by Hugh Martin, the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” was made famous by Judy Garland, then Frank Sinatra (non-academic writing allows for Wikipedia citing, right?), then xtina, and more recently, via Sam Smith.

In the song, one lyric has always stood out to me, even as a small tot, and it was not until recently that I learned this specific lyric was almost never part of the hit we so eagerly sing throughout all of December. According to Chris Willman and Entertainment Weekly, the song was actually super depressing before being released as what we know it to be today. Specifically, the lines, “Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight,” were originally, “It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past.”

Dark, right?

While Martin was resistant, he eventually changed the lyrics to be more upbeat. Thus, “Let your heart be light,” and all other holiday cheer.

As I continue to process what this means for my own life, I’m challenged to ask you the same question. What does it mean for one to let their heart be light?

Let’s pause here for a moment.

I’m currently sitting in Starbucks, and, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” is now playing overhead, and I’m a mixture of tears and full-body chills as a result the gift the universe is now providing us. This is the universe’s way of saying, “Listen up folks, this message is important!”


I’m certainly listening.

So, what does it mean for one to let their heart be light?

What barriers exist in your life to truly embrace, “light?”

What baggage are you carrying?

Can you check some of it, or do you have to deal?

In addition to my 2016 charge to you, I am ending the year with a commitment to letting my own heart be light.

And with the added challenge for you to do the same.

Let your heart be light. 

I cannot say this enough.

Let your heart be light.

In whatever form you celebrate, have yourself a merry one.

Toward peace, with love,


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