“We are all meant to shine… 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 the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
He is right. We are all meant to shine.
Each of us in our own fields, we are called to let our light shine and let this radiate to others and that they will do shine, too.
Sometimes, I ask myself: “How can I shine? I don’t have all those talents. I just can’t go with what’s popular. I can’t go with the crowd. How? I am not gifted at all.”
Yes. We often times keep on asking these questions and always keep ourselves down as we keep on comparing ourselves to others.
In these ways, we are putting away our own gifts, talents, and skills that were bestowed to us by the Mighty Giver. Let us look within rather.
You might be missing out that precious gem in you.
Note that each of us is unique and we have our own gifts. We have our own assets to start with.
“A guitar maker once said to a new guitar – You have six uniquely sounding strings.
“The guitar has six strings, each sounds uniquely. Each string, yet sounding differently compared to the others, is tuned that way for a purpose. They were tuned the way they are so that when you press on a chord, they will sound in unison as each contributes to the creation of a harmonious sound of music.” (Strings of Life, Chris Dao-anis)
Like each of the strings, we are unique and we have our own purpose and value. Whatever we have – that is where we start.
Capitalize on what you have. Capitalize on what you are.
Last month, a new American Idol was shown to the world. He is Scotty McCreery, who banked on his unique voice quality and genre of his choice. He capitalized on the lowness of his voice and his love for country music. He matched what he has with his interest that created a just awesome artist everytime he is on stage.
Jennifer Lopez, during the semi-finals, told Scotty and the whole America:
“There are some people who were just born to do something. You were born to sing country music. That’s what I call in your lane.”
The other judge Randy Jackson continued:
“You know what’s cool about you and what I like… You are not the country guy who is trying to be cross over and trying to be on the pop charts and all that. You love country.”
In this American Idol’s season, we had one who thrived on the beauty of country music. Scotty did not try to go into what he is not. He went out the stage and sang his own choice of music that magnified his voice quality and the artist inside of him.
You may not like Scotty or country music that much, but this exemplifies something to us – to bank on what we have in our hands, to capitalize what is given to us, and shine just the way we are.
Definitely, every one of us has the ability to shine. However, as one of the mentors of Harry Potter said, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.”
This wakes us up to make our choice.
Yes, with what you have and the uniqueness in you, you have the potential to shine. But are you capitalizing on that potential?
Let that potential out. Choose to capitalize on your uniqueness inside.
Choose to shine!