This week has been filled with opportunities to connect, to create, to branch out…
many of which have brought me joy in shining my light.
Art journal page – Balance the Light, September 29, 2011
But in this world, with so many of us looking for light,
it can be hard when you open yourself up, shine that light brightly,
and really share yourself with the world.
Sometimes, people try and take your light away, like a magpie who has noticed something sparkly in its line of vision and wants to take it home to its nest.
Sometimes, those old fear demons that live inside us, rise up and try and squelch the light from within.
And sometimes, the validation of our shiny-ness from outside, which feels so wonderful in many ways, tempts us to stretch ourselves too far,
and to wander away from the true light we are trying to bring to the world.
One of the best joys of this week has been when I have done something to protect myself and my shiny.
Like saying no when an opportunity comes along but that doesn’t fit with what my heart’s work really is. (This is hard !)
Like making my fear my friend in a way, and acknowledging it but choosing to risk anyway. (Those fears are ugly but they really only want to keep me safe.)
Like taking time to be present and enjoy life exactly where I am ! (The only shiny I know for sure is the one in this moment !)
So this week, I am giving myself a blue 1st place ribbon for the care I have given to my shiny !
My friend Colleen and I with our blue ribbons, yesterday at the Deerfield Fair school building where we served as judges for the student artwork competition.
There is a lot of joy in presenting that kind of prize to your Self.
For more joy, make sure and visit the Lovely Meri at Meri’s Musings.
Happy Thursday, Beautiful, Shiny Ones !