You are the Sunshine the World Needs

By Samantha McKenzie

I love, love, love the sunshine. I love the one I see up in the sky each day and I love the sunshine I see radiating from extraordinary people every day. I gravitate to the energy of people who are alive and doing something that betters themselves and others – big or small. This is the energy that makes living all worth it.

I crave the harmonies of human beings and heartbeats of the unknown. I want to laugh at the things we regard as impossible and marvel at every day miracles. I search for vibes and pulses that connect me to others, even those in a faraway land.

dreamstime_l_19391358It doesn’t matter where your passions lie. I recall a colleague of mine who was a passionate teacher. She loved science and she loved teaching. Everywhere she went, she found new ideas on how to teach the tough topic while also making it fun for her students. She was her own mad scientist and the students loved her for it. She’d turn a casual trip to the supermarket into a lesson plan in five minutes flat. And it worked. Her class outscored all the others in the school and surpassed the state’s requirements. She was radiant sunshine!


We’ve grown up hearing about this little light inside of us. We’ve been warned about hiding it under the bushel basket. Yet, each day, we put our passions off for another day, cling to the mundane and call it life.

Do others snub their noses at your joy? Shine anyway.

Your sunshine is your high-five, fist bump, atta-girl to the Creator. It’s how you communicate out loud that you are thankful and appreciative and grateful for this life. You look better when you’re beaming anyway!

Your sunshine is not for show. It’s not tied to fame or glory, popularity or prizes. You don’t have to be Twitter famous to shine. It’s personal and unique and will light up the world even without the help of technology.

I see sunshine on the faces of my college students who can’t wait to tell you about the new program they are planning. I see it in the park when parents are playing with their children. I see it in the grassroots volunteers who line the sidewalks vigorously reminding us to vote. I see it all around me. I see it.

Be the sunshine that’s contagious and use it to light your life on fire!

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