“You’re a shining star, no matter who you are, shining bright to see what you can truly be.”
(Lyrics from “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire)
Lately I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions. These aren’t the usual every day ones such as why does the dishwasher smell funny, where are my glasses and what in the world are we going to have for dinner? No, my questions have been more celestial in size. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? What should I do with mine? You might wonder if I am sad or depressed. I am neither. In fact, I’m the most stress free I’ve ever been. So why these questions now? Two reasons. First, at 53, I’m realizing how shockingly fast the years have gone by. The future no longer seems unending. Second, and more important, is that I’ve recently had many changes in my life. I’ve been in the process of finding a new way of being, a new normal.
With all of this change occurring, I needed guidance. I became obsessed by my questions. I spent weeks wondering why we are here and what it all means. Finally, I found the answer. And, it resulted from the most unlikely of all places, TV. I’ll explain. Last winter my husband and I watched a documentary series called “How Does the Universe Work?” We stumbled upon this as we looked for something to get us through the early dark nights. Neither of us are the nerdy, scientist types so it was a leap of faith.
The show starts with how the universe started. The whole Big Bang thing is shown in all its glory.The series is presented in a creative and almost spiritual way as it explains hard core scientific facts. It’s all there; atoms, molecules, energy, gravity, black holes, stars, planets, galaxies and time travel. Then, about halfway through the series, an amazing thing happened. I went to sleep one night still pondering why I am here and what it all means. The next morning I woke up and the answer came clear as day. “You are here to shine.” It was as if someone had whispered the words in my ear. And, like magic, I knew just what they meant.
So, you say, how do I shine? By doing what you love to do. This cliché answer seems deceptively simple but it isn’t. If you aren’t sure how you can shine, try answering this: what is it you are doing when you lose all sense of time? What are you doing when you feel deeply satisfied and fulfilled. You may need to dig deep to find the one thing that rises above all others. For me, that answer, is writing. When I am writing, I completely lose all sense of time. I am blissfully unaware of the hours passing by. I’m “in the zone” as I like to say.
Like stars, we are all unique and shine in various ways. You may shine while doing a particular job, playing a game, engaging in a hobby or simply being with certain people. But however it is that you shine, you should be doing more of it.
Once you find your answer, it all comes together. The universe will guide and encourage you. Stars and planets will align in your favor. You will find divine assistance. Unbelievable coincidences and unimaginable synchronicities come your way. To demonstrate how this works, I’ll give you an example.
Many years ago, I’d heard about how Paul McCartney, in the early days, had been troubled by something and didn’t know what to do. He said one night his mother appeared to him in a dream and told him to “Let it Be.” He woke up the next day and wrote the song and lyrics as if they had all been given to him. A little divine intervention, if you will, seemed to let him know that he was on the right track with this music thing.
Marjorie Faes is a freelance writer with a variety of interests. She has written for Bas Bleu, Church Educator, Five, SHARE (cancer support), Stroke Connection, The Buffalo News, The Family Digest, Today’s Caregiver, Western New York Family and the National Aphasia Association. Marjorie and her husband reside in East Amherst, New York.