Shine. Bright and new; special and sparkly. Such a happy word; so much possibility.
When I published The Prompt last Sunday I was, as is usually the case, unsure what I would write about. As soon as I hit publish though the words shine like an arclight entered my head and the song has been on a loop ever since. Every time I have begun to mull over ideas for my post; they have been drowned out by Nick Kelly’s beautiful lyrics.
You just shine in the morning like the sun
Burn like a candle in the night
Shine like a book that’s never been read
Burn like a saint who knows he’s right
Shine like a shard of glass
On the forest ground
When you shine you know
You burn me down
Arclight Fat Lady Sings; music and lyrics Nick Kelly
Do we all want to shine? Is it inherent to wish for some sparkle, some glow to our lives? To find that thing that we excel at; to find that person who can bring the brightness of a smile to our faces; to see that glow in someone we love and to reflect it back to them.
I believe it is, and that we can all shine. Sometimes sharply, like sunlight on water. Sometimes subtly, like brushed platinum.
We just need to see it, and have people around us who can be our mirrors, who can encourage and support us; show us. Who can make us feel special and loved and shiny.
I have had my moments to shine; the great job, the awards, the promotions, the big presentations. I loved every minute of it. I am in my element in the spotlight, literally shining. But, while some of that was down to me, I have a lot of people to thank too.
To family who guide and teach and encourage; who polish until we gleam. To friends who add that sparkle to those special moments. To colleagues who give opportunities, who trust, who have confidence. To mentors who inspire.
To my children who have added a whole new level of brightness to my internal sun.
To all those who have helped me to find my ways to shine; thank you.
My job now is to help my children to shine, to excel (in whatever way is their way); to feel special. There are few moments that can match seeing that internal glow of confidence and success begin to shine in someone’s face. As the glow of potential turns into the shine of pride.
Shine, a word full of possibility.
You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this topic inspired you; I look forward to reading your posts.
And, to anyone who has never heard Arclight, please go and listen to it!