let our light shine quote

Last week I was privileged to watch my friends shine.  Isn’t it a marvel to see people share their gifts and authentically pour their heart and soul into something?  Of course I know that to make it appear effortless there is an enormous amount of work behind the scenes, probably with a few shadows of doubt.  It just seems that I witnessed so much divine soul work recently that I have to tell you about it (and by work I mean volunteering, hobbies and traditional work leading to a paycheck).

Maybe I am being dramatic or over-analyzing.  Yeah, probably.

But if you saw the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of An Iliad, you know what I am referring to.  If you missed the play, here is a very watered down recap.  It is a one-man show with the talented James DeVita embodying 24 characters.  In one scene, he contorted his body to portray Hector’s wife.  In the scene she is holding a baby and I swear I heard that baby cry.  It was that perfect.  In another epic scene, DeVita lists every bloody war in history in such rapid fire succession that the names tumbled like vocal gun fire.  He began with the war of Alexander the Great and ended with modern-day Syria, all delivered with machine gun precision.  The tears just spilled as my brain tried to process this historical path.  I couldn’t breathe.  And five days later, I haven’t stopped contemplating this masterpiece of theater and its message.  If you saw the show, message me.  We need to talk!

Another friend shined her light in a serene yoga studio.  She is training to become a yoga instructor and I participated in her first class.  Privileged to absorb her wisdom and witness her gifts.  Definitely divine soul work in action!

Cue the drumroll…. my friend is releasing his first ever album (or should I call it a cd?)!  Hop over to his website and sample his music.  After years of gently encouraging him alongside his family and friends, I am so proud that his honest songs will find their way into the world.  The album is pure joy.  It’s a beautiful extension of his life’s purpose: spreading musical inspiration, faith and love.  I know he poured his heart and soul into every note.

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I wrapped a candle with the album cover for the CD release party!

I watched my daughter dance at a local performance last weekend.  Her dance team turns music into joyful motion.  They unveiled a new dance and the song has been haunting me ever since.  I just reviewed the lyrics.  Of course they fit perfectly into today’s message.

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EMELI SANDÉ LYRICS

You’ve got the words to change a nation
But you’re biting your tongue
You’ve spent a life time stuck in silence
Afraid you’ll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song?

So come on, come on
Come on, come on

You’ve got a heart as loud as lions
So why let your voice be tamed?
Maybe we’re a little different
There’s no need to be ashamed
You’ve got the light to fight the shadows
So stop hiding it away

Yeah, we’re all wonderful, wonderful people
So when did we all get so fearful?

And now we’re finally finding our voices
Just take a chance, come help me sing this

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream ’til the words dry out. *

Since today is Friday (Friday posts are all about photo fun here on the blog), I honored a photo by creating a watercolor portrait.  Full credit to Nancy at Do Small Things with Great Love. This project was featured on her blog and if you click here you will see her terrific tutorial.  I just implemented her idea!

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photo by Amy Bruss, Thistle & Muse

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Maybe if we trust our soul whispers and follow where they lead, we will find our divine gifts.  I hope you harvest more of what makes your heart sing.  I guess today’s reflections are my way of examining the light of this past week.

 And, I had to imprint these two words.

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The metal stamps work best with silverware that is old (silver or nickel).  After imprinting the letters, use a black Sharpie to fill the embossed space making each letter more legible.  If you have been following this blog for a while you might remember when I tried metal stamping before.  Click here to read my Oh Joy post.

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Follow your heart path.

Apply what you practice,

Step out of the shadows

And leap fearlessly!

Yours truly

Yours truly

Shine on, friends.  Shine on.

I will be cheering for you.

 

 

* Read All About It:  Writer(s): Tom Barnes, Emeli Sande, Peter Kelleher, Stephen Manderson, Iain James, Ben Kohn
 Copyright: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Uk) Limited, Emi, Bucks Music, Stellar Songs Ltd. (Source)