I grew up happy, bright, and full of life. Then I got married, and slowly but surely, the light I was born with began to get dim… and dimmer… and dimmer, until it went completely out. It was a gradual descent, I didn’t even know it was happening. In fact, I didn’t realize that I’d allowed my light to go out until it began to come on again. Does that make sense?
So now I bet you're wondering, "Gail, did your ex blow your light out?"
The answer is no. I really can't blame him. The truth of the matter is that I blew my own light out by not saying things that should have been said and by ignoring things I shouldn’t have ignored – all for the sake for trying to keep the peace.
Oh, but once I left his house, once I exhaled, once I loosened my own chains, I could feel something happening on the inside. It was strangely familiar and soon I realized that it was my light coming back on. I was back to being me again! Michelle Obama might say “I was becoming!” But for me, I was becoming again. And as Peaches and Herb might say, I was reuniting with myself and it “felt so good!”
Can you relate?
Is there a part of your life that's dimmer than it should be? Something you should be doing or saying that you're just not handling right now? I encourage you to face that thing and don't let too much time pass before you do. It's often said that your best moments will happen right outside of your comfort zone; I think that's where our SPARKLE shines brightest.
It's not always easy and I often fall short, but I do try my best to let SPARKLE shine. I'm sure you do, too. And if it hurts anybody’s eyes, they are free to borrow our sparkle shades or to just keep it moving. (See the picture below.)
We were each born with our own unique SPARKLE and your shine is unlike anyone else's. Someone needs your SPARKLE, my sister. They need you to do that thing or say that thing that can only come from you.
So today I encourage you to peel back the layers, shake off the fear, embrace your SPARKLE, and let the world see you shine!