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Don’t be afraid of becoming who you are.

The minute you decide that you are going to become who you are meant to be in this world, is the moment you begin to soar.

Criticism stops us at times. But look at your critic as a person, not as a god. When we place critics in the proper perspective we can get on with our life’s mission.

Some nuggets of criticism may be valid. Look within and pick the kernel of truth. Correct. And continue to soar.

Refuse to be placed in a niche. You are meant to have an impact on the world with your brilliance. Shine without waiting for permission. Those who are destined to receive it will see it.

We all have something special within us to bring to the world. Don’t let your ‘special something’ die within you. Do whatever is necessary to bring your gift to the world.

People who you think will validate your gift will let you down. Don’t let them distinguish your light. Shine on anyway. And when you think you can’t shine any longer, someone will cross your path and let you know that your light is not in vain. Someone sees your light and is grateful for it.

Encourage yourself. Every day do something that brings you satisfaction and joy. You have to recharge yourself so you can keep on being a light for others. Don’t let your light burn out from overheating.

Know yourself. Know your brilliance.

Be secure in your brilliance. Don’t bow to people who want you to beg them to allow you to shine. Know that you are shining every day. They can decide whether they are going to bask in your light or not.

Don’t hate. When you encounter opposition take a moment to think and see why it has entered your life. Learn from it. Maybe it’s something you need to correct. Maybe not. See it for what it is. When you really see it, you can move on, and shine some more.

If you slip and fall and your light dims, don’t get discouraged. Keep shining and you will gain strength. Let your light shine in the dungeon. Let your light shine in the desert. Let your light shine regardless of what’s going on in your life.

Always be the light. Be kind. Be gentle. Be confident. Shine wherever you are.

Focus on your brilliance. Always do something every day to let your light shine. Know that your light shines far and wide. It shines in the valley. It shines from the mountaintop. It shines in common hours. Know that your light will be seen from wherever you are.

Take time to listen to what the voice within is telling you. You will save yourself much heartache if you listen.

Do what your inner voice tells you to do. You may not know where it will lead. But do it anyway. It is leading to glory.

Be courageous. Being brilliant isn’t for wimps!

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Margaree Mitchell writes for children, teens, and adults. She is the author of Uncle Jed's Barbershop, Granddaddy's Gift, When Grandmama Sings, The People In The Park, and her new book, Woman In The Pulpit. Her books have won numerous awards.

She is the creator of the Everybody Has A Dream program which inspires students to dream great dreams for their lives and believe those dreams can come true. She was honored for her commitment to children's literacy by Texas A&M University. She was also presented with the SCERUS Award at the National Invitational Conference on Educational Research in the Urban South. She lives in Kansas City.

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  1. I have been reading inspire me today for a long time, and I must say this by far the best. Now please explain to me the true meaning of ” shine your light anywhere ”
    I think I know but I need your explanation

    I thank you in advance
    Bill Austin

    1. Thanks Bill for your kind words. I’m delighted that my words touched you. I want to impress on people to be yourself wherever you are. Don’t try to conform to what others want you to be. Therefore, Shine wherever you are. Be who you are wherever you go. Shine when you don’t feel like shining. Shine when everyone else is not shining. Be the light anywhere you go. You will know if you are shining your light or putting it under a rock. Be brilliant & shine your light anywhere you go!

  2. While this message will touch and inspire everyone who receives it, it was specifically aimed at me in confirmation of the ministry that God has called me to serve. The message of Light has rekindled that which was growing dim in the darkness. It may have been Margaree’s pen but it was God’s hand that wrote it upon my heart.

    1. Glenn, your comment warms my heart. Whenever I write, I want my words to mean something to somebody. Oftentimes, I don’t get a chance to hear feedback. I am sincerely glad that my words of inspiration have touched your heart. So Glenn, go forward and be the light that God has called you to be!

  3. Your inspirational words come just after I heard a sermon yesterday with the title “Anointed for This Time: Being Courageous.” What encouragement!! None of us knows how our perseverance will impact others.

    1. Thanks Veronica! If only people realized that having the courage to make a difference in the world, having the courage to achieve a dream, or just having the courage to be true to themselves, will not go unnoticed. Our lives do have an impact on others.

  4. Margaree, your words of inspirational motivation are as ‘refreshing’ today as ever and your illuminative passion likewise kindles the ‘I-can-do’ spirit and energizes the very essence of creativeness of your followers.

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