Health & wellbeing,  Kindness quotes,  Motivation,  Positivity

Get glowing!

“Remember that you are, indeed, as the stars. You glow with the same intensity. The answers that you seek outside of yourself may very well be found within the cosmic intelligence inside you. Go ahead; show the world what you are made of! Sparkle, shine, light the way, and brightly blaze as you are meant to do.” ~Mishi McCoy

Lately I’ve been obsessed with sequins, stars, and glitter. The way I see it, “sparkle and shine” shouldn’t be limited to Christmas ornaments, Fourth of July fireworks, or cocktail dresses. Though the holidays are over, I’m still carrying a Vera Bradley tote bag that’s embellished with sequins. And my new Skechers with sparks of bright metallic thread make me smile every time I wear them.

But I want to add sparkle to more than my fashion choices. I’d like to spend more time with effervescent people who brighten my days. Or, as Paulo Coelho wrote, I want to “stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness.” I want to read more books and see more films that lift me up, too.

I’m not avoiding reality. It’s just that I’m exhausted by the chronic complainers, the critics, the nitpickers, and the doomsayers.

Yes, it’s a gloomy time of year here in the Midwest. Too many folks are blue and crabby from the lack of sunshine, spreading negative energy and bad juju everywhere. Don’t let anyone cast a shadow on your light parade. Spread kindness and keep on shining. ~CL

*** My newest column, “Unpacking Life: Traveling Light in the New Year” is published today in the January 2024 issue of Vitality, a supplement to The Oakland Press. Read it online or pick up a free print edition of Vitality at your local library or senior community center.

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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