Let Your Light Shine!


We live in a world that often gives off mixed signals.

We begin our lives as babies, fully embracing ourselves and knowing intuitively that we are each born with a light that is meant to shine.

Then, somewhere along the line we are taught that allowing our light to shine is wrong because it’s boastful, egotistical, or showing off.

We read books that instruct us to love ourselves, embrace and celebrate ourselves, but at the same time we are told that it’s nicer to be modest.

Society also tells us that in order to ‘fit in’ we all have to be the same.

So we take our light and conform it to the masses.

And before we know it, our own unique light begins to turn into something monochromatic.

Eventually, during our move into adulthood, we learn how to reclaim our light. But then the issue becomes a contest for whose light is brighter.

We become insecure because we feel that either our light is not bright enough, or that perhaps our light is too bright; taking away from someone else’s.

So again, we slowly begin to pull in our light. But this time we do it so that another’s light will shine more.

What I think it all comes down to is that we believe there is not enough light to go around, so we feel like we have to compete for it.

But what we fail to realize is that the light doesn’t come from us, but rather through us.

So in reality, the light is not ours to begin with.

As a child, I was always taught to be modest and pull back; allowing others to have the spotlight.

But I’ve learned something in my middle age.

Life is like a big crystal chandelier. And each one of our lights is needed for its totality.

Therefore, if we deny our own individuality, we are denying each unique prism of light that gives sparkle to this world.

So don’t ever withhold your light in apprehension that you might be taking away from someone else’s. Instead, allow it to shine brightly. And have no apprehension in allowing others to shine brightly too.

Because light begets light.

Be proud of who you are, your individuality, and what you contribute to the chandelier.

And don't be modest.

Shine on everyone!


53 comments

  1. Gosh, I enjoyed reading this, Ron. You rationalised and perfectly worded the issue of our shining lights. I've struggled all my life with it... mustn't show off, don't do this, don't do that. And always I was reminded of the old proverb 'self praise is no recommendation'. Even now, if praised for something my innards quake lest mother hears it. If she was alive I'd show her your post. I love your rational approach to difficult subjects.

    Happy Monday... have a great week.

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  2. dianne777June 11, 2012

    I love the image of the light shining through us and therefore touching on everything around us
    I have met people whose light is just like that, you can literally feel it
    wonderful post

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  3. ron, this post is amazing and timely. i was smiling and nodding my head as i was reading it because i get it and i understand.

    there's always a balance between wanting to share something we've accomplished because of being happy but not wanting to brag and then knowing when someone else is truly happy about their accomplishments and not showing off.

    i suppose when others are seemingly doing well, we don't want to know about it because we don't feel we are doing as well, there's always that competition to shine or either we don't feel adequate enough and then jealousy sets in. someone once told me the best way to curb jealousy is with a genuine compliment.

    if we see someone doing well or whatever instead of sitting back and looking at them as bragging, acknowledge them. hello? tell them: hey you did a great job or congrats. it does help, me anyway.

    i was trying to think of a body part that doesn't have a lot of function, or need but can't really. i need everything i have, each member makes up the body and that's how i feel about people. we all contribute something to the light, so what if it doesn't shine as bright as the person standing next to us. celebrate whatever is shining.

    side thought: often times if your personal light is out there, there is no need to say anything, people will see it and will tell you.

    even though i don't have a spotlight but am walking around with a flashlight, it's mine. i may not always shout it out, but i also won't walk with my light behind my back.

    and to end it on a spammer's note: great post sir. you really know what you are talking about, saved me a lot of research and i am glad i found your blog. have a nice day.

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  4. Rob LenihanJune 11, 2012

    This is such a great post, Ron. And your timing is excellent, since I'm feeling a little low right now. But when I read "Life is like a big crystal chandelier. And each one of our lights is needed for its totality," I feel a whole lot better. So we have to SEE the light and BE the light! Thanks for your insights and have a great week, buddy!

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  5. AkelamaluJune 11, 2012

    Great advice Ron, I will let my light shine brightly. xx

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  6. This is all so true. I have tended to keep my light shielded most of my life. I suppose, because I felt it wasn't good enough. I finally started to let it shine and it brought problems of jealousy. There are a lot of emotionally damaged people out there, that can't handle other people's light, unfortunately. We have to make a choice of allowing our light to shine and becoming a bit isolated, or hiding it for the sake of keeping other people happy. I know which I chose, and I know that it was the wrong thing to do. All I had done was to let those people hold me back. Who knows what I could have achieved it I'd let it shine?

    I have a few very successful people in my family. They let their light shine and it drew other, equally bright lights to them. With that came success in their chosen path.

    My advice to others would be not only to let it shine, but to hold it up high, so it can be seen.

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  7. I am standing up and applauding you on this one, Ron! I am also singing "This little light of mine". There is nothing more that can be said after this.

    Happy Pride!

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  8. I think this is my favorite post of yours! Love it! It is so true. There is enough light to pass through each of us and shine the word like a beautiful diamond!

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  9. what a wonderful bit of writing this is! perfect to start the week armed with this as it's so true......But what we fail to realize is that the light doesn’t come from us, but rather through us--loved this part.

    g-kids coming in 1 week so good to not get buried in the details of dinner planning. & 1000 other things...thanks for words of wisdom, I needed them :) xo

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  10. Good morning Valerie~

    "And always I was reminded of the old proverb 'self praise is no recommendation'. Even now, if praised for something my innards quake lest mother hears it."

    I've never heard that proverb before, so thank you for sharing it!

    And again, it's a prime example of how the world gives us mixed signals. We're taught to feel good about ourselves, our talents, our accomplishments, and our light, but heaven forbid we 'recommend/acknowledge' ourselves for it. I'm not saying that we should be arrogant about ourselves, but I don't think we need to be modest about it either.

    It's like when you go for a job interview and then not feeling good about recommending yourself for it. What's the point?

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to this post, dear lady. Muchly appreciated!

    Have wonderful week!
    X

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  11. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "I have met people whose light is just like that, you can literally feel it"

    Me too! And isn't it faaaaaaabulous?

    They shine, reminding us to shine too!

    Light begets light.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Di! Wishing you a wonderful week!

    And shine on, dear lady. Shine on!

    X

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  12. Good morning Pearl~

    You GO!

    Shine on, m'dear. Shine on!

    Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

    X

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  13. Hey there Rob~

    "So we have to SEE the light and BE the light!"

    AMEN!!!!!!!

    You're an awesome man, Rob. Gifted and bright. So let it shine!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Have a grrrrrrrrreat week!

    X

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  14. Hiya Suzi~

    Thank you. And please know how much I appreciate and value what you share on your blog, because you ALWAYS inspire me to shine!

    "There is enough light to pass through each of us and shine the word like a beautiful diamond!"

    LOVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shine on, my friend. Shine on!

    Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  15. Hey there Bill~

    "I am also singing "This little light of mine".

    You GO, boy!!!!!!!!!!

    And be proud!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Wishing you a faaaaaaabulous week!

    X to you and Paul!

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  16. Hiya Babs~

    WOW! What an AWESOME comment!

    You filled in all the blanks that I purposely left out of this post...

    "I finally started to let it shine and it brought problems of jealousy. There are a lot of emotionally damaged people out there, that can't handle other people's light, unfortunately. We have to make a choice of allowing our light to shine and becoming a bit isolated, or hiding it for the sake of keeping other people happy."

    A-MEN!

    And like you, I too tended to keep my light shielded most of my childhood, for reasons of not feeling good enough AND because I thought it was wrong to acknowledge my light.

    "They let their light shine and it drew other, equally bright lights to them. With that came success in their chosen path.'

    YES!!!! Light begets light!

    "My advice to others would be not only to let it shine, but to hold it up high, so it can be seen."

    You GO, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And GREAT advice!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your thoughts and insight to this post. MUCHLY appreciated and enjoyed!

    Have a wonderful week, Babs!

    X to you and Mo!

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  17. Hey there Val~

    Your words are a faaaaaaaabulous addition to this post, girl!

    "there's always a balance between wanting to share something we've accomplished because of being happy but not wanting to brag and then knowing when someone else is truly happy about their accomplishments and not showing off."

    Exactly! I think there is a way to be happy/celebrate our accomplishments without being arrogant about them. Because as I shared, I know the light doesn't come from us, but through us. And it's as you shared, if your personal light is out there, there is no need to say anything anyway, people will see it and will tell you.

    "someone once told me the best way to curb jealousy is with a genuine compliment."

    THANK YOU! And in doing so, we allow ourselves the compliment.

    "if we see someone doing well or whatever instead of sitting back and looking at them as bragging, acknowledge them. hello? tell them: hey you did a great job or congrats. it does help, me anyway."

    And me too. I'm genuinely always happy for other people's talents, accomplishments; therefore I never hesitate to tell them so. I've always enjoyed being surrounded by people who might be more advanced in particular craft than myself, because they inspire me!

    "i was trying to think of a body part that doesn't have a lot of function, or need but can't really. i need everything i have, each member makes up the body and that's how i feel about people."

    I LOVE how you said that!!!!! Awesome analogy!!!!

    "even though i don't have a spotlight but am walking around with a flashlight, it's mine. i may not always shout it out, but i also won't walk with my light behind my back."

    *applause*

    You GO, girl!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by, and for adding your insight to this post. MUCHLY appreciated, Val!

    Have a wonderful week!

    X

    P.S. Loved your spammers note! You crack me up! And btw, I'm so glad I found your blog too :)

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  18. Gooood morning Linda~

    "But what we fail to realize is that the light doesn’t come from us, but rather through us--loved this part."

    Thank you. And I know as an 'artist' you understand what I mean.

    "g-kids coming in 1 week"

    OMG...and bet you're so excited about that!!!

    I can hardly believe that in 2 weeks, I'll be visiting my own family. Can't wait!

    Much thanks for stopping by, dear friend. Always fab to see ya!

    (((((( Linda )))))

    xoxoxoxoxox

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  19. You are so right! Wonderful words of wisdom!

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  20. Hey there Peg~

    ((((( You )))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend!

    Have a terrific week!

    X

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  21. Ron, thank you for sharing this post because this topic is something I've often thought myself. What good is modesty? I'm not saying we should be overly boastful of our accomplishments, but we certainly don't have to be modest about them either. I found that too many times people who claim to be modest are the same people who are always fishing for compliments from others in a very passive-aggressive way. Instead of just claiming their light, they look to others for approval.

    Love your last photo. Beautiful chandelier!

    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

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  22. Hola Denise~

    "I'm not saying we should be overly boastful of our accomplishments, but we certainly don't have to be modest about them either."

    I agree. As I shared in my comment to, Val, we can acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments without it being arrogant.

    And I also agree with you sharing that many people who claim to be modest are often doing it to appear one way, but are really looking for approval/compliments from others. I see nothing wrong in knowing you're GOOD at something and claiming.

    One of my favorite characteristics in someone is confidence.

    Thank you. I took that photo inside the Bellevue-Statford Hotel on Broad Street. It's a stunning building!

    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing on this post, girl! Enjoyed!

    Have a super week.....X

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  23. Ron, what a wonderful, uplifting, enlightening (no pun!) post! I LOVED it!

    “Because light begets light.”

    It DOES! You are also spot on that light shines THROUGH us. And when we allow it to shine through us, it will bounce off others and help them to shine!

    I always disliked the messages we received as children (I’m sure it was the generational thing at the time) that it wasn’t good to praise one’s self or be too self-assured, etc., and that’s why I raised my children differently. I don’t believe in arrogance, mind you, but I do believe in having confidence and letting the “light shine through”.

    What’s cool is if you ask my boys what they THINK of themselves, they will say, “I’m awesome!” I LOVE that answer because even now as an adult I have a difficult time saying I like myself, but I’m getting better.

    And I will get even better by letting MY light shine through.

    Thanks for the post, Ron. It helped open my eyes even more.

    ((YOU))

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  24. I love this post!!

    It's absolutely right. Everything you say is true, Ron. We ARE taught to repress our light and to hide it for fear of being thought immodest or boastful. These days - even worse - we are taught that allowing our light to shine might make others feel inadequate, so we mustn't do it - or if we do, we must be careful where we shine it and how much we allow it to show. It's just WRONG! Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I had so much fun at the workshops, and it was such a high being able to produce pieces of jewellery made of silver. Luckily, in that environment, we were encouraged to be proud of our work, and I think that was partly what made it so enjoyable.

    I don't want to be boastful. I don't want to be immodest. And I don't want to make others feel bad. But you hit the nail on the head - we need to allow everyone to shine in their own way.

    We can't go around loving every person but ourselves!

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  25. "But what we fail to realize is that the light doesn’t come from us, but rather through us."

    That is SO profound, on SO many levels.

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  26. Helloooooooooooo Pam~

    Thank you.

    "enlightening (no pun!) post!"

    HA! You CLEVER girl you!!!!!

    "And when we allow it to shine through us, it will bounce off others and help them to shine!"

    Exactly!

    “Because light begets light.”

    I remember a long time ago when I first started investigating various philosophies, and a teacher had said that to the class. And it stuck with me.

    "I always disliked the messages we received as children (I’m sure it was the generational thing at the time) that it wasn’t good to praise one’s self or be too self-assured, etc., "

    Yup! You and I (and others from that generation) were taught the same thing. Also, I grew up Catholic, and they taught that in school.

    "I don’t believe in arrogance, mind you, but I do believe in having confidence and letting the “light shine through”."

    I agree. Arrogance I think comes from feeling 'exclusive.' Whereas, having confidence and letting the light shine through is 'inclusive', because it's something we ALL share.

    "What’s cool is if you ask my boys what they THINK of themselves, they will say, “I’m awesome!”"

    Good for them! And good for YOU for teaching them that!!! I think everyone should think they're awesome because there would be a lot more happy and confident people in this world.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post, Pam! You've added MUCH!

    ((((( You )))))

    Have a fantabulous week!

    X

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  27. Hiya Jay!

    "We ARE taught to repress our light and to hide it for fear of being thought immodest or boastful. These days - even worse - we are taught that allowing our light to shine might make others feel inadequate, so we mustn't do it - or if we do, we must be careful where we shine it and how much we allow it to show."

    Exactomundo! If everyone just allowed their light to shine always, there would be no need monitor how, when, and where. There would be no need to compete because it all comes from the same SOURCE.

    "Luckily, in that environment, we were encouraged to be proud of our work, and I think that was partly what made it so enjoyable."

    That's EXCELLENT! As artists/creative people, we can be very hard on ourselves; gauging and comparing our talents to others, instead of embracing our own unique WAY! I think it's important for people to be proud of their work. And FEEL it.

    "I don't want to be boastful. I don't want to be immodest. And I don't want to make others feel bad. But you hit the nail on the head - we need to allow everyone to shine in their own way."

    Couldn't have said that any better! And if everyone just allowed their light to shine, there would be no need for anyone to feel bad, right?

    Thanks sooooooooooo much for stopping by and sharing your insight on this post, Jay. You've add MUCH!

    Shine, my friend. Shine!

    Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  28. Hey there Meleah Girl!

    "But what we fail to realize is that the light doesn’t come from us, but rather through us."

    Yes, which is why I feel there is no need to complete for it. We ALL have a light, we just have to claim it. And in doing so, it teaches everyone else to do the same thing.

    Light begets light.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my Libra friend! Have a super-duper week!

    X

    P.S. I saw online that it's going to be a bit cooler this week. THANK GOD!!!

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  29. You just have a way of reminding me EXACTLY what I need to hear ­ at the EXACT moment I need to hear it.

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  30. I will often share things that I need to hear myself too. So this post is as much a reminder for me as it is for everyone else.

    ((((( YOU ))))))

    Shine on, girl!

    X

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  31. You know I love you, right?
    Yeah, well, in case you didn't.....let me assure you that I do.

    And let me assure you that you are well wisened, grasshopper. You see and know...and speak truths. There's a greater service to others? Dunno......but lemme assure you, this piece you put up today nurtures truth in all of us. I don't know a greater service one could perform, kwim?

    And you know, from hanging around for a good chunk of time, that Marianne Williamson spoke truth to me long ago.....and it appears and reappears and appears AGAIN (in front of me and in the funniest places) for lots of reasons. And go figure, MY issue occurs over and over and over again so hence the need to REdeliver the message I get messed up--I dim ME. See, I know TODAY that I'm the only one who can. I have to LET those other things/other opinions/other people take up space in my head rent free in order to find myself here. Once-upon-a-time I didn't know that.....today I do.
    And if it ain't enough to hear it from one source, there ALWAYS seems to be arrangements made in OTHER places to get the message to me.(go figure I'm a badddddddd listener on occasions...)
    So of course this one you posted today.....is all about ME.
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    .
    .
    I love you.
    I thank you for bringing the message to me.
    I'm humbled that other folks needed the same message and I'm (yet again.....) in awe of how the Big Guy multi-tasks so well.........over and over and over and over again JUST to make sure I HEAR.......

    “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.”

    Yup......you and Marianne are very powerful messengers in my life.
    I just needed to make sure you knew that.....(and that you're loved beyond measure, of course....)

    (((((((((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))))))))))))

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  32. Mel.....

    I can't tell you enough how touched I am by your comment, dear lady.

    ((((((( You ))))))))

    And I know that YOU know, that when one shares something, it's because the sharer needs to hear it too. Therefore, this post is as much for me, as it is for the reader.

    "So of course this one you posted today.....is all about ME."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! Oh, I LOVE YOU, WOMAN!!!!

    And just for the record, I ADORE Marianne Williamson!!!!! I've read MANY of her books, and the thing I love most about her is that she comes from a very real and humbled place in her writing. She shares her insightful messages as someone who has BEEN through it. Not someone who is telling others what to do without practicing it herself first. She LIVES it!

    So, thank you for sharing that excerpt from her book.

    OMG...it's PERFECT for this post!!!!!

    "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."

    A-MEN!

    ((((( You ))))))

    Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by and sharing, dear lady. You've added MUCH!

    And shine on!

    I love you too!
    X

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  33. WONDERFUL.

    And I have to tell you... that first picture, with the light on the one balcony. That is amazing and fits this post so well. I assume you took that... did you do that on purpose? It is incredible!

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  34. Katherine KrigeJune 11, 2012

    Beautiful thoughts Ron. Keep shining my friend!

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  35. Hey there Katherine~

    Thank you, kind lady. Yes, I took that first photo over a month ago and didn't know what I was going to do with it. Then, Sunday night while writing this post I thought, "Hey...I'll use that photo for this post!"

    Isn't it funny how things end up working out like that?

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you had a MARVI Monday and a great week!

    X

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  36. *waving*

    Hey there Katherine!

    Great to see ya! :)

    Thank you.

    And MUCH thanks for stopping by!

    Shine on, my friend!

    ((((( You ))))))

    Wishing you an awesome week!

    X

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  37. Sometimes that light is like a lava lamp. Changing shapes, shifting patterns, stretched thin, pulled apart, absorbing and being absorbed, only to grow again.

    ...says the guy who is stuck in the 70s and has about twenty million lava lamps in the house...

    Great post, Ron!

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  38. Mark....I freakin' LOVE your analogy of the lava lamp!!!!

    "Changing shapes, shifting patterns, stretched thin, pulled apart, absorbing and being absorbed, only to grow again."

    BRILLIANTLY true!

    Thanks for stopping by the guy who is stuck in the 70's and has about twenty million lava lamps in the house - HA!

    You've added MUCH!

    Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  39. Inspiring post, Ron, and beautifully expressed. I agree, if we withhold our light in fear of either it not being bright enough or too bright and taking away from another, we are denying the Source.

    We are all meant to shine. We just have to allow it.

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  40. Hey there Matt~

    Thank you. And thank YOU for sharing this....

    "We are all meant to shine. We just have to allow it."

    Right. On.!

    Always great seeing you, bud. Thanks for stopping by and have a FANTABULOUS week!

    And shine on!

    X

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  41. Nice post, Ron! You're so right about all the mixed signals.
    I definitely do agree that the light comes thru us and we're all individuals but can contribute to that total light in our own unique ways. Yes!!
    Thanks for the reminder, I think it's easy to forget sometimes.

    Cool chandelier photo. Did you take it?

    Hope you are having an enjoyable week.

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  42. I can't add anything new to what you've already said, Ron! AMEN! I wanted to thank you for all your kind thoughts about our housing situation.....we bought a house a week ago and are putting ours on the market tomorrow!

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  43. Hey there Bijoux~

    Thank you.

    ".....we bought a house a week ago and are putting ours on the market tomorrow!"

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! I'm so glad to hear that and I am soooo happy for you! I'll send ya some 'good vibes' that your house sells quickly!

    (((((( YOU )))))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  44. Hiya Mary~

    "I definitely do agree that the light comes thru us and we're all individuals but can contribute to that total light in our own unique ways. Yes!!"

    You GO, girl! And it shows through your amazing creativity in your cards and jewelry. They SHINE!

    Thank you. Yes, I did take that photo. It's a chandelier located on the second floor of The Bellevue-Stratford on Broad Street.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, neighbor! Have a SUPER week!

    X

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  45. nite byrdJune 12, 2012

    For some of us, it's easier to shine when we get older.

    I really love this post, Ron.

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  46. Hey Lady Nitebyrd~

    "For some of us, it's easier to shine when we get older."

    Yes, I so agree! It's not been but within the past 10 years that I've learned this. There is something wonderful that happens as we mature - we begin our journey back to the beginning, when we naturally knew how to let ourselves SHINE!

    Shine on, Sis!

    X ya!

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  47. whenpigsflyJune 13, 2012

    It's particularly tough for women. We are taught to be modest, to be problems solvers, and to put others first. At least, that's how I was raised. My light has been firmly planted under a bushel for as long as I can remember. It's still pretty well hidden.

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  48. Hey there Jen~

    "It's particularly tough for women. We are taught to be modest, to be problems solvers, and to put others first."

    Excellent point! And I have to agree with you, which is why I've always been a huge supporter of females to proud of who you are and what you contribute to this world.

    "My light has been firmly planted under a bushel for as long as I can remember. It's still pretty well hidden."

    No, my friend, I have to disagree...I have always seen your light.

    Always!

    ((((( You )))))

    X

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  49. What an eloquently expressed post, Ron. And very directly honest. I get what you say. We need to allow our light to shine, as means to encourage others to do the same.

    Light begets light. I like that!

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  50. Greetings Robert~

    Great to see ya, bud!

    Thank you for your kind words.

    " We need to allow our light to shine, as means to encourage others to do the same."

    Yes!!! That's it! Because it ALL contributes the 'whole' of the chandelier!

    So, shine on, bud! And thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying a terrific week! My god, I can't believe it's Thursday already!?!?

    X

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  51. Amen, boyfriend! Light does beget light. Great line.

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  52. *waving*

    Hiya Jayne!

    Amen, girlfriend!

    Shine on!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Hope you're having a faaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

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