I stood waiting in the spotlight, ready to shine.
And then I was handed a card, a “muse” card from a deck we were using to give the writers a message and a writing prompt.
“Finding her place, at home in the spotlight, she unwraps all of her gifts and receives the fulfillment of her deepest heart desires.”
I was at home here in the spotlight with hope that all I had prepared would be gifts for the writers here.
I get that.
It was the part about the deepest heart desires that overwhelmed me with emotion as it struck a core truth that I had not fully embraced.
The unknown truth was I still felt a little uncomfortable stepping into this spotlight.
I wasn’t nervous to present, nor did I feel awkward being alone or embarrassed by how I looked. I was worried I was hogging the spotlight and that I was taking away from, more than I was giving. I wanted to tone down my light so no one was hurt, felt less than or overshadowed.
How do you do shine out in the spotlight and not throw everyone else into the shadows?
A mere twenty-four hours later I got the answer.
A painting from Kelly Rae Roberts fell into my life in such a random series of events that it almost felt orchestrated.
“She was learning the most beautiful thing of all: Shine. By letting her light shine brightly, she was giving others the permission to do the same.
How many times have we dampened our light, made ourselves smaller, or talked a little quieter, so no one would feel uncomfortable?
How many times has someone done that for you?
If we had only shone brightly, filled the world with our presence, and made our voices heard, maybe, just maybe, someone else would have been inspired to do the same.
That morning, in front of those women, I shone as brightly as I could. As a result, I gave them the inspiration and confidence to do the same.
The world is a brighter place for it.
All because I did not let the darkness of fear, eclipse my spotlight.
Please don’t let fear eclipse your light either.
The world is a brighter place when we all shine!
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