Shine like the star that you are

One of my favourite songs is ‘Shine’ sung by Aswad particularly the chorus ‘Come on and shine, shine like a star, Shining so bright like the star that you are, Oh oh oh oh shine into the future, Spreading your light wherever you are.’

Without fail it lifts my spirits and makes me smile.  It’s so easy to forget that you can do shining just as easily as you can do mediocracy.

And yet for most people, mediocracy is the norm.  It’s deemed safer to stay under the radar than shout your gifts from the rooftops.

I suspect it’s all down to those bad habits and beliefs from childhood. You know the ones, you can almost hear ‘don’t show off’, who do you think you are’ and getting a bit big for your boots aren’t you’.

Guess what.  You’re not that child any longer.  You’ve actually grown up and have the ability to make your own decisions.  Live your life exactly as you want to.  Others may prefer you to play the mediocracy hand but it’s always your choice to do so.

In that light (pun intended!) mediocre is not good enough when you have the ability to shine.  Every day, everything you do can take on a new dimension when you decide it’s time to shine and light up the world.

Not to mention lighting up the worlds of everyone who has the good fortune to be part of your day.  The best bit.  You free them up to shine too.

Before you know it people are sharing what they do best, what they are good at – shining their lights for all to see.  Celebrating the gifts they were born with.  Not feeling guilty either.

We all have the ability to shine.  We are all unique and our talents are all different.  Where one shines another glimmers.  This glimmer gets brighter and brighter as their own gifts come to the fore.

Truth is, we don’t do enough to celebrate and protect the gifts that we have. Just imagine how we could all benefit if we did!  Connected and connecting as we shine ou lights in the world.

Do five things today with all your heart.  Share your pride in your work with whoever appears.  Love what you do and let the world know too.

Now do five more.  And so on.  And so on until shining is the norm.  You know ‘Come on and shine, shine like a star, Shining so bright like the star that you are, Oh oh oh oh shine into the future, Spreading your light wherever you are.’

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