When I learned a few weeks ago that we had a "Eat What You Want Day" I thought I’d heard it all. But that was before I realized that May 16, 2022 is National Pickle Day.
And you know what this tells me?
It tells me that you can declare a day about anything. So now, with the power vested in me by no one in particular, I declare today to be… drumroll please… I hope you're ready… you may be able to guess… but wait. Today is…
National Sparkle Day!!
Yes, this is a day dedicated to identifying and celebrating the light that shines within you; that thing that makes you the wonderful woman you are.
As you may have heard me say, the idea of sparkling is rooted in the Scripture found in Matthew 5:16:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As women of a “certain age” I say that we’ve lived long enough to have experienced enough to have a light that’s so bright that we sparkle. And I think you should share your sparkle with others. How? By telling your story.
“But I don't want to tell all of my business!”
I hear you. We were raised during a time when you kept your business in the house, right? You wore a smile, no matter what, even when that smile masked deep discontent. You just didn't share your personal story.
I believe that “sharing is caring” and I think you do yourself and others a disservice when you don’t talk about the tools you used and the lessons you learned during the difficult times of your life. No one really needs to hear the dirty details of what you’ve gone through, folks are too busy dealing with their own issues. But I do think that you should share the blessing your breakthrough.
Tell a sister how you handled grief or unemployment or divorce or bankruptcy or being a single parent or sickness… the list goes on. Let her know that she’s not alone. Let her see your sparkle and be encouraged by the light that shines from within you.
Today, on National Sparkle Day, I suggest you do two things...
1. Embrace the value of your story. Write it down. Keep it ready to share when someone needs it. Vow to be someone else’s crib notes. Be her example to follow.
2. Celebrate. Every woman over 50 has survived something, so celebrate yourself today! Recognize that you're a smart, creative, beautiful, worthy, walking and talking miracle! You SPARKLE from the inside out and you wear your SPARKLE well. That's something to celebrate!