Often we think of all the ‘what-ifs’ and ‘could have beens’ ‘should have beens’ and allow them to prevent us from being happy in the present moment. I think if we all learned to choose to shine in all situations, we would be so much happier.
The author, Sue Monk Kidd writes the story about her daughter, coming home from school in early December, telling her mother she got one of the great parts in the Nativity Play.
“What part did you get?”
“I’m the Star of Bethlehem!” the daughter says proudly.
“Well, what will you do?” Sue asks.
“I just stand there and shine.”
Choose To Shine
to live by choice, not by luck
to choose to focus today, not look back on yesterday
to be grateful for all I have, not yearn for more
to make lasting changes, not never-ending excuses
to listen to the wisdom of my heart, not the opinions of people who don’t matter
to make a difference, but not be used
to reach out in love, but not be taken for granted
to listen with understanding, but not be drawn into drama.
I choose to be creative
I choose to be brave
I choose to live in the Light
I choose to shine
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