Let It Shine, Let It Shine, Let It Shine

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the holiday season in my world. In the background, the Home and Family Holiday Special is playing. For the next few weeks, we will think of little other than food, traditions, gifts, music and all the ways to celebrate the spirit of this special time of year.

For myself, gratitude is the first word that comes to mind because I have been so blessed to be working on a show for a network that embodies the highest of values. Back that up with a cast and crew who put in so much energy and good will every day at the “office” which in our case is a beautiful house and gardens.

A lyric crosses my mind. It’s a phrase from a Sunday school song: “let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” It makes me smile. The lights on the roof and in the trees and the skating rink installed for this show are all shining.

But the song is not about lighting up your house for the holidays; it’s a parable to remind each of us to stop hiding our talents under a bushel. Get the word out. Let others feel your joy as you share your gifts. Each of us has a value and something to contribute to others. If you know what it is, then shout it from the rooftops! If you are shy or unclear about it, then find someone who can help you define and share your natural gifts. The world needs what you have to offer in order to bless and support all that other people need to make their contribution.

The thought inspires me with a great New Year’s Afformation, although you could start using it now. Try saying this every day: Why do I let my creativity shine? Why do I let my natural gifts and talents shine for those who need what I have to offer?

May the holiday season bring you and your families joy and anticipation of a multitude of possibilities for an abundant, creative year.

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