Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 49 comments

Creative Commons License photo credit: Cayusa

When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person,
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home,
When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation,
When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
~ Ancient Chinese proverb ~

Note: Today’s Sunday Thought is provided courtesy of Stacey from Create A Balance.  Thank you Stacey!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Arswino April 19, 2009 at 5:33 am

Hi Lance, beautiful. I love this quote because it taught us that big thing come from small things.
Thanks for sharing, Lance.

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Evelyn Lim April 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

This is definitely a great Chinese proverb! The Chinese have a lot of proverbs relating to the harmony of the home. I can’t agree more with them!

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Daphne April 19, 2009 at 7:01 am

Love this quote. This is in line with Stacey’s theme of light this year. Beauty in the person and harmony in the home, something I must remember!

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brandi April 19, 2009 at 7:30 am

oh my god, I just found the definition of being a joy rebel!!!

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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker April 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

Lance, as usual your Sunday Thought for the Day has brightened my world. Thanks, this morning, I needed it after looking at some dark places in the world.

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Amanda Linehan April 19, 2009 at 7:56 am

Hi Stacey and Lance – Great choice! I love that it all starts in the soul. 🙂

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Broderick Allen April 19, 2009 at 7:56 am

Great quote Lance. It’s a reminder that world peace starts with the light in each of our own souls. Powerful picture as well.

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Stacey / Create a Balance April 19, 2009 at 7:58 am

Hi Everyone – I’ll be responding to comments for this post while Lance continues to soak up the sun. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Arswino – Exactly. Baby steps lead to bigger steps and we can all be part of healing the world.

Evelyn – It is so powerful to think that the concept of “harmony in the home starts with self care” is an ancient believe that is still relevant today.

Daphne – I think that is why this quote had such an impact on me. It’s also a great reminder that light is contagious.

Brandi – Hi joy rebel! Keep shining your light and keep spreading that joy.

Patricia – As I mentioned to Daphne, light is contagious. I’m happy to know this quote has brightened your world.


Julie April 19, 2009 at 7:58 am

Hi Stacey, Lance: I love the smooth flow of this. And the photo is awesome. 🙂

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Stacey / Create a Balance April 19, 2009 at 8:17 am

Julie – I agree. The smooth flow allows me to see the direct impact my light has on the world.


Roger | A Content Life April 19, 2009 at 8:55 am


Great quote! It reminds us how positive change can begin with just one person. We’re all connected.

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kathy April 19, 2009 at 8:58 am

A poignant reminder of the ripple effect our inner lives can have on the world.

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Jeanne April 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

Thanks Lance for your quotes and gorgeous photographs.

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Stacey / Create a Balance April 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

Roger – It’s a small world after all. 🙂

Kathy – Thanks for mentioning the ripple effect. This quote is a perfect and positive example of it.

Jeanne – I’m thanking Lance too!


Rupal April 19, 2009 at 11:39 am

LANCE! Hope you enjoyed your vacation!! Glad to have ya back in the blogging world!!

Especially touching quote here, as it’s so important to remember that change can begin with YOU, which will radiate to others around you. THANKS!

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Liara Covert April 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

The light of the Soul is silently guiding each energy being back to the Source. Harmony is holding out a guiding map of love. It is up to each person to awaken to the opportunities knocking.

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Maria@Conversations with Moms April 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

It is so important to get in touch with our inner light. Thanks for sharing this quote.

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Caroline April 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Beautiful quote! And the photo that accompanies it, really ties it together beautifully. Thank you!

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Laurie April 19, 2009 at 12:52 pm

This reminds me of the advice that Jesus gives when he says to remove the plank in your own eye before you can remove the speck of dust in your neighbors eye. Only when we work on our self, our attitudes, weaknesses, growth, can we be in a place to be a light in the darkness and have a beautiful soul to share with others.


Christine | Communicate Value April 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

A sort of rippling effect is also what I thought of when reading this. It’s a soothing quote!

So much truly does begin in each of our own souls.

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Positively Present April 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm

That’s such a great — and true! — quote. It reminds me of a post I wrote about attitude. A good attitude can have a ripple affect and can really impact the world.

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Hilary April 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Hi Stacey .. they all start with that small thought .. achieving light in our souls .. absolutely possible .. and then leads through & it’s actually exactly what we, as the world, needs now .. let’s get light into our souls.

Thank you
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

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Evita April 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm

How beautiful!!! Thank you Stacey!

I wholeheartedly believe that! We all want big things like world peace and happiness, but we struggle to attain it on our own personal level. May we master that first, for then everything else will fall into place naturally!

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings April 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Love this quote. Just reading it makes me feel more peaceful. The pic is amazing too. Thanks Lance and Stacey!


Stacey / Create a Balance April 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Rupal – “Change begins with you.” – Well said!

Liara – I’m hearing you say it is up to each person to find and shine their light.

Maria – I agree. It is my life passion to help others get in touch with (and share) their inner light.

Caroline – Lance always seems to pick just the right photos for each Sunday Thought for the day.

Laurie – I’m a firm believer in sharing our light with others. Lightness is contagious.

Christine – It’s a great reminder of how much we each truly impact the world around us.

Positively Present – Exactly. Light and a good attitude are both contagious and can both impact the world.

Hilary – Great insight. We need to let our light shine and let the light shine in as well.

Evita – Well said. The more our light grows individually the brighter the world will shine.

Sami – Thank you. This quote makes me feel peaceful and powerful. It’s powerful to know my life and my light can lead to a more peaceful world.


LisaNewton April 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I find light, beauty, harmony, and order via by photography. Peace is coming soon………………:)

Thanks for the great quote, Stacey.

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Vered - MomGrind April 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

So world peace starts with light in the soul.

Totally makes sense!

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Carla April 20, 2009 at 1:34 am

Great quote. It all starts in the soul of each and every one of us. I cant help but to wonder about all the ones in world that doesnt have light in their souls.

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Natural Moments April 20, 2009 at 2:02 am

Therefore, it is up to each and every one of us to start shining our lights fully, like a lighthouse that attracts the people of land to that of the sea.

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Robin April 20, 2009 at 5:14 am

Thanks Stacey – that is great! It all starts with ourselves.

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Stacey / Create a Balance April 20, 2009 at 8:32 am

Lisa – Yeah! Your photography reminds me of the world’s natural ability for peace.

Vered – Yes, it makes sense, but we still do not have world peace. Is it because some people do not want world peace? Do some actually prefer a personal quest for world domination? *sigh*

Carla – I hear you. May our light be contagious and multiply.

Natural Moments – Beautifully stated. Shine on natural moments, shine on!

Robin – It does start with each and every one of us.


Davina April 20, 2009 at 11:08 am

Hi Stacey. Good choice! So, the circle IS unbroken. As Vered says, world peace starts with light in the soul. Good photo too, BTW.

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suzen April 20, 2009 at 11:13 am

It is so often the simple, brief, well-chosen words in quotes that pack the most punch and give us the clearest of all “instructions”. This one was certainly no exception. All peace in the world begins with one person, one soul with light. It is an awesome responsibility for us all! Thanks for sharing this – it is another GEM!

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Barbara Swafford April 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Hi Lance – Another beautiful quote AND the perfect photo to match. I love the first line of the quote. It reminds me how no matter what a person physically looks like, their inner beauty shines through when there is light in their soul. *smiles*

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Barbara Swafford April 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Oops. I just realized this quote was brought to us by Stacey. Kudos to you Stacey for sharing this. It’s awesome.

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J.D. Meier April 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I love how impact spirals. It can spiral up or spiral down … like the butterfly effect.

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Mark April 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

It all begins with ensuring that we live in spirit and let the light of our soul shine through!

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Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching April 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Thanks for this post. It’s hard to see on the surface sometimes, but I’m certain these days that there’s so much we can bring to the world as individuals just by walking through it in a peaceful state.


Marelisa April 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

It does all start with what’s within each person.


Stacey / Create a Balance April 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Davina – I love it. When there is peace in the word, there is light in the soul.

Suzen – I completely agree with you. I hope one day my words will pack the greatest punch.

Barbara – *Smiles* right back at you. Light is the essence of beauty.

J.D. – Thanks for adding spirals to the conversation. The image of light filled spirals is simply divine.

Mark – I think everyone responding to this post is sending light across the globe.

Chris – Your comment reminds me to have the patience with individuals so I can find the light in everyone I meet.

Marelisa – Yes. Let’s welcome everyone to let their inner light shine.


Kelly@SHE-POWER April 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I can’t believe I haven’t heard this proverb before – it’s perfect. if we could just teach this to every child as they started school and got them to recite it like an anthem every morning, maybe future generations would have the kind of world I can only dream of.

Thanks for this Lance. I think I might have to write it out and put it on my fridge so I can remind myself of the importance of filling my soul up with joy.



Stacey / Create a Balance April 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Kelly – Thanks for your burst of sunshine. I love the visual of filling my soul up with joy.


Jennifer April 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Lance, so beautiful and so true! I love this. It all starts with a light in one person. One person can truly make a difference that can span the world. This proverb portrays perfectly how it gets passed along bit by bit. What if I choose to have the light in me? What if I choose to let God in and penetrate my life? What difference can be made?

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Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASK April 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

This inspires us all that despite the darkness we see in the world today, we may yet have peace if each of us just tries to find the light within our own soul. Good day and be blessed!

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Lisa's Chaos April 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

What a great photo! And quote!!

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Lance April 23, 2009 at 3:39 am

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Stacey, thanks so much for sharing this quote here, and for all the replies to taken the time to do. I appreciate it all very much!

@Everyone – I’m just getting caught up after vacation – and reading all the replies here is powerfully reaffirming for me. Thank you, each one of you, for being here!

@Jennifer – Yes, this is beautiful, Stacey shared a real gem here. I too love how it is all about starting with us. It’s not about trying to fix others first. It’s starting with something (someone) we can control of – ourselves. And when we find that light, and really let it shine – we’re taking that first step toward a more peaceful world.

@Jocelyn – Hi Jocelyn. Isn’t that a great thought? It starts with us – someplace we CAN make a difference! And through small steps, that light in us will grow to something much bigger – wonderful!

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa. I love this photo too, and how it reminds me that us, individually, can be the steps that lift our world up – especially reading the quote – what that really means to starting with ourselves toward making positive changes in our world…


Jannie Funster April 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Simply beautiful!!

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Nadia - Happy Lotus April 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love this quote and the picture too! Great job, Stacey! I am big believer in the notion of peace and this quote is a great recipe for it. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! 🙂

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