What is the best part of you? What is the aspect that deep down inside you know is something very few people have recognized about you? The part that, if people knew about, would make them so grateful that they know you? Come on, you know there is something; you can admit it to yourself. No matter what you have been told by others, that something special is worth sharing.
Do you have a remarkable capacity for helping others find their own gifts? Can you calm a distraught animal like a horse whisperer? Maybe what you have the the gift for bringing people together when they are at odds, or maybe you have that very rare gift; the gift for being able to simply listen to others without thinking about what you are going to say next. Can you capture life in a photograph or on canvas or sing to make the Angels cry?
The question is; why have you hidden this gift? Let it shine! We have all been given gifts, gifts unique to each of us. These gifts were not given to be hidden away in a closet, they were meant to be shared, to be developed and to make this world a better place to be. It is not only your right to have these gifts, it is your responsibility to share these gifts. If you are a person of faith, you know these gifts are God-given, if you are not a person of faith, the recognition of these gifts within you will help chase-away those days when you wonder what the heck you are doing here in the first place.
You were meant to shine, shine, shine; not to hide your gifts in a closet. Let yourself shine!