Shine Bright Like the Sun: Striving to Bring Our Best Selves, Despite All the Fire by Elisa Schmitz

Shine Bright Like the Sun: Striving to Bring Our Best Selves, Despite All the Fire

This year for my annual birthday post, I don’t have any fancy dresses to share with you. Another trip around the sun and, this year, that ball of fire in the sky has been extra fiery.

This weekend, we have no hot water in our house. But we have running water, and I am grateful.

Last week, I was out of office and didn’t get my “regular” work done, so I’m way behind. But I recorded an audiobook for Become the Fire, and I am grateful.

Next week, I have several medical appointments to tend to some health issues that are progressing. But I have good health-care providers, and I am grateful.

This year, mi madre’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed to the point where she’s now in memory care. But she’s doing very well, and my sister, mi madre and my father sang "Happy Birthday" to me via FaceTime, and I am grateful.

This year, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. But he received the right treatment and is now cancer-free, and I am grateful.

There’s so much more I could say because chaos is relentless, creating constant fires we must battle. But those flames can also bring positive things, and that fire can be fuel:

  • Because helping makes me feel good.
  • Because there’s nothing like creating something, or overcoming obstacles, or seeing your loved ones grow and thrive.
  • Because there’s incredible satisfaction in hearing that something you said or did made an impact on someone’s life.
  • Because there’s pure joy in knowing that you made your corner of the world a better place.

I don’t know what this new year will bring. But I do know that I am one year stronger, wiser, braver and more resilient. So come what may, I know I’ve got this.

And, in case you need to hear it, I know you’ve got this, too. We've got this. So let’s keep shining bright like the sun, and let’s be our best selves, today and every day.

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Elisa Schmitz
The sun is shining bright today. What a great way to kick off a new year in my journey. Thank you all for being part of it!
It takes a lot of strength and you’ve got that. I appreciate you sharing the tough stuff, too.
I read your book and I love it. "Taking action, no matter how big or small, keeps the fire burning within us and ignites a spark in others." So motivating, thank you...
Elisa Schmitz
I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed the book, Tribe ! Thank you for sharing a quote that resonated with you. I'm grateful for your feedback, and that you're part of our community!

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