Today I was watching some Youtube music videos with my 3 daughters - we were looking for inspirational music to put on an mp3 player for my son for Christmas.
My daughter Sydney clicked on Susan Boyle's performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on the show: Britain's Got Talent. I have seen that video before, but I saw it so differently today.
I saw more clearly the smirks on the judge's and audiences' faces as Susan made her way on stage. I remember my own judgement of her when I first saw the video. She didn't seem to notice or perhaps did not care about the looks she received...she knew her purpose in that moment. She knew what she was capable of, and she delivered a performance that brings tears to my eyes, and inspires me, every time I watch her.
I thought about how that experience often parallels life experiences. How often have you been quick to judge someone, only to discover a jewel? How often have you felt smirks from others and moved forward with your purpose anyway? How often have you allowed other's smirks and judgements steer you off course, doubting yourself, your unique gifts and talents and your purpose?
Susan sings about dreams - she had hers. She is living hers because she did not allow the smirks, the judgements, self-doubt, or fear take root in what she wanted to accomplish!
You have a powerful dream somewhere inside you! You have your own greatness, your own unique purpose, your own "song" that will allow you to shine the way God created you to shine.
THAT is the gift you can give!
When you shine, you bless the lives of everyone around you. You make the world a better place. You lift and inspire others to find their light and shine.
During this holiday season, may you see the light in yourself and others more easily. May you find a way to grow your light and inspire the people in your life to find their light and shine! May we ALL let go of judging ourselves and others, and be a source of love and light in the world.