Shine Bright As Bright Can Be

I have loved the conversations this series has invoked. The wisdom, wit and beauty everyone has shared is not only inspiring, it’s humbling.

Love It! Love all of you for your willingness to dive in and be part of what can sometimes feel like an uncomfortable conversation.

Which is also something I’m learning as I mature and deepen into myself (just like a fine wine! 🙂 ) Uncomfortable conversations are part of deepening relationships, with myself and with those around me.

Uncomfortable conversations invite intimacy.

I didn’t know that when I was younger.

“Back then” (ok, I had to write that phrase it just sounds so… old-fashioned) anyway, once upon a time, I used to avoid uncomfortable conversations like the plague. And now, COVID has taught the whole world we can’t avoid a plague-like event.

It’s a good lesson to learn — what we avoid that is calling to us to be acknowledged, will keep calling until we either willingly take note or run right into it.

For me, there was a time when I thought more about what was ‘wrong’ with me than what I liked about me.

There was a time when I tried to hide my light lest others think I was trying to hog the limelight.

Now I know, negative self-talk limits my true expressions. Not shining my light, as bright as I possibly can, contributes to the darkness all around.

And, I’d rather be in a world where people are shining their light and recognizing their own brilliance, than one where we’re all doing our best to keep our mediocrity in place.

The fact is, we are all magnificent, extraordinary, sources of energy, light, love, joy… and the list goes on.

If I deny my brilliance, I can’t inspire others to share theirs. And if I refuse to shine as bright as bright as bright can be, I’m telling myself to ‘play small’. Don’t make waves. Be complacent.

I am so done with complacency and mediocrity.

I say, Let’s all rise up and be ourselves to the absolute brightest we can be. It’s not about being ‘better than’. It’s all about Being All That I Can, However I Can.

Naturally, my ‘can’ will be different than yours, or theirs, and that’s what makes a world of world of brilliant difference.

For today, I invite you to step into your extraordinary, brilliant nature and be the most brilliant YOU can be! Shine YOUR Brightest. Shine Fearless. Dare Boldly!

And… a special treat today. I asked my sister Anne if I can share this video and she gave me permission.

When Anne turned 70, she decided to walk 70,000 steps in a day. She surpassed her goal on her birthday last year.

Anne is committed to treating her body with care and consideration. And, having fun while she does it. The video was from the deck of their beautiful home on Gabriola Island earlier this week. One of the things I love most about my sister Anne is, she walks through life with childlike wonder, always staying true to herself, living life with gusto every moment of every day!

Anne and her Hoola Hoop on beautiful Gabriola Island
Episode 4: Dare Boldly No Matter Your Age – The Shine Bright Edition

17 thoughts on “Shine Bright As Bright Can Be

  1. Mrianne Williamson said it perfectly: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Your post is an exclamation point! And way to go Anne!

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  2. Just writing without really thinking…

    As a child, I played. But I was taken care of too. There were certain expectations from my parents. Chores and behavior.
    There is a certain balance of learning freedom, responsibility and expectations.

    But the freshness, or sense of exploration is active in most from whenever it is we begin.

    Trying new things is all we did. And then came…school. The worst thing the world ever invented for children.

    We must c o n f o r m. Find a way to survive in the world. Grow up. See, and, face terrible things. Put the commas in the correct place.
    And yet, we can not escape our need to protect and keep and use the part of us that was in the beginning.

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    • Ahhh, those commas — mine can be rather liberal sometimes and errant too! 🙂 My youngest daughter, when she left for a semester abroad and then 3 months travelling before returning for her last year of Uni, created a blog about so that all of us at home could read about her journey. Punctuation was not part of that journey! LOL. It was quite special to read all her run-on sentences. Much like how she is in life. Just catapulting herself into each experience. On that journey, she set a goal for herself — She called it her 30 x 30 — to travel to 30 countries by her 30th birthday — and she achieved it. All without one punctuation mark I swear! 🙂

      Conforming is another one of those learned limitations that does more harm than good. I’m so grateful to know women like you who are willing to break free, step by step, without measuring the distance between each step.

      Much gratitude for you. ❤

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  3. I am thoroughly enjoying reading everyone’s comments on the subject of aging. I think for myself as I have aged (now 75), I have become more appreciative of this stage in my life. I am taken back I must admit just how quickly the years have flown. I remember as a teenager always wanting to be older and my Mom telling me just to enjoy each and every year as “time waits for no one” and the time will fly by. The passing years have taught me much more patience, acceptance, forgiveness and becoming less judgmental – things like the struggles and hard times we all seem to face at some time or other in our lives and which we learn from – not always easy but it does make us stronger. I’m not happy with my arthritis and a few aches and pains that I endure but I’m still very blessed and fortunate that I can walk, smell the flowers, have good eyesight to enjoy my surroundings, enjoy good friendships and a loving family……so much to be grateful for and I do count my blessings. I admire your dear sister Anne with her hula hoop – wow – she looks great …….like others have mentioned, this could be a great book that I think you could write as you most certainly have the skills.❤️

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    • I’m with you Val. Reading everyone’s comments is so inspiring and moving — and over on my FB and IG pages there are even more — I plan to spend some time this weekend collecting them all into a spreadsheet… and I’ll see where it goes from there. I didn’t really have a plan when I started this journey — but now that I see the response, I shall continue on for awhile — perhaps not everyday! That’s a lot. I’m thinking Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 🙂

      I love what you write about what the passing years have taught you. It is such a gift to assess and accept the lessons learned, our growth, changes and celebrations — both within ourselves and with a collective of others along this shared experience.

      Thanks for sharing your beauty and wisdom so generously. ❤


  4. This particular post put out a silent hand for me to stop, reflect, and allow all those thoughts about aging and how I fit into the process to swirl in an ever-increasing swirl s of flotsam in my mind. Confused, no. Enlightened, yes. Satisfied with my point of life, yes. Saddened, yes for there is so much more I can give, contribute, enjoy but will aging give me the time?
    Marianne Williamson’s poem stands to the truth that we need not fear “fear itself”. Our very being as we gracefully age is not to fear the process but to embrace it. How we age proudly reflects on those around who can benefit, learn and accept us.
    And the swirls slowly, slowly begin to abate …

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    • Oh wow! Iwona. Once again, you have beautiful encapsulated this week’s journey and framed in love hope, joy and promise.

      Because, for me, that’s what aging brings… promise. Every day I age is the promise of another day to age. As a friend on my IG page, Kelly F commented, it is a privilege not everyone gets to experience.

      The fact the experience will end makes it even more beautiful and bittersweet. As you say, more to contribute, give, share, learn…. will there be enough time to do it all?

      No idea what time we each have which is why I come back to my basic tenet of aging – My responsibility in this life is to give my all, no matter my age, to create beauty, joy, love and peace in this world.
      Namaste everyone

      Thank you!!!! ❤

      Have a lovely Friday and swoosh into your weekend!


  5. In observing others around me the ones that seem to thrive, regardless of age, are those that seek new learning and new experiences. This is what I continue to return to, “What do I want to learn next?” I love to learn and I can’t wait to start salsa lessons.

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