A while ago, I picked up the book “Sparkle: A girl’s guide to living a deliciously dazzling, wildly effervescent, kick-ass life.” by Cara Alwill Leyba.
For what ever reason, I never even opened the book after Amazon delivered it. It just sat on the bookshelf, hiding until it caught my eye yesterday while I was dusting. I picked the book up, put the duster down, and decided that I should grab some Mermaid Mix and take a bath – vacuuming could wait, right?
I’m about half-way through the book and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a light read, but still one of those books that gets you thinking. One of the things Cara asks in her book is “What makes YOU sparkle?”
For me, that’s a tricky question. For sure having adventures and doing cool things like mountain bike racing in a tutu or running an almost 200 mile relay race in a prom dress makes me super sparkly. But those are pretty big things, things you can’t do everyday or even every month. So I’ve been trying to put my finger on what kinds of things make me sparkle everyday and it’s kind of a tricky thing…
It makes me sparkle when I brighten someone else’s day. Whether it’s a quick text, glittery “thinking of you” card, a give-away, connecting with you on my Facebook page/blog, or a smile as I pass out a cup of coffee. That makes me sparkle.
Oh. Wait. I don’t think I mentioned it, but a few months ago I got a job at the local coffee shop. I pretty much rock the drive-thru there and I put smiles on LOTS of people’s faces every morning. Due to an unfortunate health setback, I had to take a couple weeks off. It’s been hard. I miss the rush of seeing so many smiles and I miss the amazing co-workers I have there.
But I got to go back today! It was a really short shift, but I got to see a lot of the regulars and of course I got to see some of my kick butt co-workers too. I felt a little awkward and I wasn’t exactly my usual sparkly self.
A couple hours after I left for the day, my manager sent me a text. Apparently someone had sent me flowers at work.
I was shocked and surprised (and super curious as to who the flowers were from too) so I went back to work to check them out.
Low and behold, one of the “regulars” had sent me a pretty Fall bouquet¹ with a simple note, saying that he was happy I was back. And knowing that I make someone else’s day a little brighter, makes me sparkle. :)
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what make you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
So how about you? What makes YOU sparkle? And how can you get your sparkle on today?
¹I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I opened the flower paper and saw that it was a nice Fall bouquet and not something creepy like roses. *whew*