S.H.I.N.E. was established May 2014. At the beginning of every year I sit down and write my goals for the year and I ask my sons to do the same. This year we were bringing in the New Year with our extended family. I thought it would be a great idea to have everyone write down their goals for 2014, and share them with each other. This not only allowed for family time, but it would give us an opportunity to have a little fun. It would allow us to see what others had planned for the year and also give us an opportunity to ask about other’s progress throughout the year. I’ve always done it and at the end of the year I’m surprised how much I’ve actually accomplished. I wanted my family to experience the same feeling I get at the end of the year, if they actually work on their goals.
Right before we were sitting down to share our goals, I read this quote “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” I instantly knew that this was going to be a part of my New Year’s goal, “let my light shine” just that simple. I’d noticed that because I was a teenage parent, no matter how much I’ve accomplished I was always hard on myself. I’ve always taken the back seat not allowing myself to enjoy all the positive things that I’ve done. I was punishing myself for one mistake when there was so much I should have been celebrating. With all my accomplishments and hard work I still didn’t see myself as “Enough.”
One of the things I always tell my sons is “if you don’t grind, you don’t shine.” In March, I was invited to be on School of Business KSBM Radio Show at Townview High School in Dallas, and the kids asked me to write a message on their wall. I had no clue of what I would write, then I wrote “let your light shine.” I explained to them how I’ve always dimmed my light and allowed others to think they were smarter than me, this year that stops. I encouraged them to not stand in other’s shadows to let their light shine as well. After leaving there I noticed that the word SHINE was a big part of my life. I needed to use this word to encourage others and get my message out there. That’s how I came up with “S.H.I.N.E. – Stuff Happens It’s Not The End.”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
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 permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Authored and published by Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love