I know, I know…the title of this is a bit cheesy. Radiation doesn’t make you glow, and as MacGyver (new one) told his co-worker Jack when they had a mission that took them to the area of Chernobyl, it does NOT make you a superhero. But, I do think anyone who is fighting, survived, or caring for someone with cancer or other chronic illnesses is really a superhero. What radiation does do is kill off those nasty cancer cells, and as I’m writing this I’m done with 17 out of 25 treatments. After that, I’ll have 3 treatments of a different type.
Glowing…it makes me think of the song, “This little light of mine”. I’m sure many of you learned it Sunday School, VBS, or camp. The song is based on Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The song is specifically about sharing one's faith, but I think it applies to other areas of our life as well. We should not be afraid to shine. Taking pride in the good work you do is not the same as being prideful. There’s always going to be people better at it than you and that should keep you humble. Like radiation or any medical treatment, shining has it’s good and not so good effects.
You may get a new job, a promotion, a good tip, make a sale, or encourage others, but be prepared to work hard, to sometimes be rejected and to encounter jealousy and overly-critical people. Don’t let the bad side effects keep you from shining. They may make you feel bad for a while, but better days are often just around the corner.
So radiation may not be making me glow, but I am trying to shine. As my Facebook followers found out last week, I have been accepted to 3 shows this fall and have booked 2 for next year. Watch for details on the Facebook page or my portfolio page on my website. If you’re good at something, shine. Don’t hide it. Share it with the world. Whether you’re are an artist, doctor, nurse, software developer, teacher, waiter/waitress, farmer, or whatever you do…do your best and SHINE!
About the photo: Glowing Dogwood from 2016 Inniswood Metro Park. Most of the “glow” of this photo was achieved by the backlighting when I took that photo and then just a little help from Lightroom and NIK.