Stars Up In The Sky

by Lance Ekum on · 56 comments

Night on Earth
Creative Commons License photo credit: onkel_wart

“I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.” ~ Amy Tan

Preface

This morning, a cool and brisk start to the day.  In fact, with the shifting sunlight hours, and darkness staying longer, it seemed like the middle of the night.  Now was the time, though, if I was going to get outside and get a morning jog in.  A quick three miles, down mostly deserted streets. 

The Dawn of Something More

The early morning darkness was made even darker by a heavy fog engulfing the area.  So dark, that I couldn't make out the edge of the road from the grass beside it.  No traffic. An occasional light as I happened by a house here and there.

I approached the top of a small hill.  The road surrounded by woods on both sides…complete darkness. 

Then, light, faint light. 

I looked up. Greeting me, a chorus of stars as I came out of the fog and into a clearing.  Stars, shining bright in the darkened skies.  It all seemed so surreal, so larger than life..coming from complete darkness, into these amazing stars shining their light into my life! 

In the quiet stillness of this morning, out amongst the stars up in the sky, I was drawn into the magificence of our world!  More than that, though, I was drawn into the light from these stars, and the deeper meaning that has for me.

The Star In YOU

Like all those stars up in the sky, lighting up the night, each one of us has that star within. 

YOU.  Yes, you.  You have that star within you.  It's there.  Maybe it hasn't been fully discovered.  Maybe some days a cloud cover comes over, drowning out your light.  Maybe the star within you doesn't seem as bright as someone else's. 

It's there.  Within.

It matters not how bright your star is compared to someone else.  To one, you could be the light that matters.  It matters not that your star within is not fully discovered – it's not for any of us, and will continue to become more present as we continue on the journey through our lives.  And it matters not that you don't shine that same brightness every day.  That's what other stars are there for, to brighten our way when our light alone is not enough. 

It's there.  Listen to your heart, and that light from your star within will shine it's true colors.  Colors that shine the real you!

Believe!  Believe in you, in the light that you have to share! 

YOU are amazing!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Mindful Mimi October 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

Lance,
I love jogging – anytime – anywhere – it always is an occasion for discovery and wonder. I went running before lunch today (after work) and though I didn’t feel like it the woods and the colorful leaves, the warm sun etc made it well worth. And I saw probably the last butterflies happily floating around. Didn’t even know they were still there at this time.
So, yay to running and it triggering things such as blog posts!
As for the star in us, I totally agree. It is up to us to make is shine. And it is our duty to find it and light it.
Thanks for this. I enjoyed reading that.
Mimi
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Art is a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — Willa Sibert Cather =-.

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Tammy-Cricket October 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

Hey Lance,

As always, you can make us all shine. Thank you for the uplifting words. As we approach this holiday season I think it is important for each of us to give ourselves a gift. Pulling out the stars that we have within is the best possible gift we can give ourselves.

We are EACH amazing!
.-= Tammy-Cricket´s Last Fabulous Post ..Yesterday… =-.

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Tristan Lee October 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

Everybody is a star in their own way. I wish I could lay down on the grass here and see the stars. I’d imagine is must be so relaxing and peaceful. However, there’s too much pollution in the sky here. Anyway, thanks for this uplifting blog post.
.-= Tristan Lee´s Last Fabulous Post ..Respect: Follow Through With Your Words =-.

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Lynn October 27, 2009 at 11:33 am

Thank you Lance – you are a shining star and I am so glad there were a chorus of them waiting to inspire you this morning.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..October rose, singing and the times =-.

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Jennifer Lynn October 27, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks Lance:) That brightened my day…..and I love running when everyone else is asleep:)
.-= Jennifer Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Basil Shopping =-.

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TB--Milwaukee October 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

Sure was a foggy day around these parts. We are all stars…in fact, if you’d like, you could get one named after yourself.
.-= TB–Milwaukee´s Last Fabulous Post ..Coffee Drinkers "Lazy Man’s Diet" =-.

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Hayden Tompkins October 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

I know you said I’m amazing but I think we all know that what you reallymeant is that I am AWESOME. And Lance, I totally agree.

Did you know that you are awesome too? Yes, I thought so. But it’s nice to reminded of our badassery. 🙂
.-= Hayden Tompkins ´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Kick Acne to The Curb! =-.

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Ivan October 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Great post lance I had a similar experience the other day…I was in a remote village in Costa Rica called “Tortuguero” where the leather back turtles return each year to lay their eggs…I had never seen such a beautiful sky…no clouds in the sky and no city lights for miles…it looked like god sprinkled a bunch of salt in the sky…a very transcendental experience….it’s amazing how many of us don’t take the time to acknowledge the awesomeness of our universe…all we gotta do is look up…thanks for the reminder :)…Namaste…

Ivan Campuzano
.-= Ivan´s Last Fabulous Post ..How To Deal With Conflicts In Communication =-.

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Tess The Bold Life October 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Lance,
I think you could put this post in a book titled, “The joy of running.” I sometimes think I run for the exercise or I run so I can maintain my weight. What I really run for is because I love being out in nature. I run because I love challenging myself. I run because it costs nearly nothing. I run to see the sun, the stars, the sun …I run because I can’t imagine not running.

I run because my light shines brighter when I do. Thanks for sharing your light today and thanks for your help. I appreciate you!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Taking Bold Steps To Live Fully =-.

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Bob Weisenberg October 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

As one who likes to use a lot of galaxy metaphors in my writing about Yoga, I particularly enjoyed this. I get a similar sensation whenever I walk outside and see the moon or sun or stars. This reminded me of this poem I wrote about a similar experience:

In my living room

While lying on my back

On the couch,

I can gaze through the window

Past the roof of the house,

Past the bright green leaves

Of the lofty trees

Gently swaying in the breeze,

Past the endlessly changing forms

Of the brilliant white clouds

Slowly drifting by,

I can gaze through the window

Into the unfathomable infinity

Of the wondrous deep blue sky.

This is my favorite place

To read books about Yoga.

Bob Weisenberg
http://YogaDemystified.com
.-= Bob Weisenberg´s Last Fabulous Post ..In Praise of Jane =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach October 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Yes. Lance. So nice. I used to be an avid runner (understatement) and you describe it so well. Both the air and the deserted streets but also the power it has to allow us to open up to what is before us like the stars opened before you.
How vital is it to remember these moments are everywhere, every moment, just knocking at the door asking us to open up to our own amazingawesomeness.
Thanks Lance, I am going to go let my light shine into baking some snickerdoodle cookies!
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Power of Being One =-.

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Erin Prais-Hintz October 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Lance, this was the perfect post to read after writing my own about serendipity today. What an amazing series of events! You are that star to so many. You shine so brightly but also encourage others to shine. You help us to see that there is a brilliance from within each of us and God has given us this light to shine forth to light the path for others. Thank you so much for dazzling me with YOUR starshine brilliance this beautiful day!
Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Bring It On =-.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} October 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Sweet and Shiny Lance,
Your post instantly brightened up my night here. Before writing this comment, I went out to the balcony of my apartment..and had a few moments to myself, with the night sky. Truly magnificent. Its like they are talking to you….See all that our words can do…:)
I love how you instantly brought out the star within each one of us. Suddenly I feel all bright and shiny too..thank you Shiny Lance.
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Our Life’s Shelter =-.

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Julie October 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Lance, you were out in my very FAVORITE part of the day! I just adore sitting quietly under the stars, letting them bathe me in their glow… All goes still and quiet inside… They shine more brightly, I awaken a bit more, sit up a bit straighter, feel lighter and brighter myself, the light within growing brighter, stronger, until I’m wide awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as my parents used to say. The quiet of night just before dawn seems to bring me to life in the best way possible, energizing me slowly, cleanly, effortlessly—just by being in their presence. And by the time I return indoors, I’m charged for the day, and without any caffeine, either! 🙂
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Simply Divine =-.

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Peggy Nolan October 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Lance,

YOU are awesome! I love gazing at the stars…not so much running though…

We have a family membership to the Christa McAuliff Planetarium. It’s my favorite way to spend a Friday evening with my husband. On the first Friday of every month, the NH astronomers association comes out with their high powered telescopes…and we an get a better view of the stars and galaxies in the heavens.

I thank you for this post for many reasons, but mostly because it brightened my day!

Thank you!
Peggy
.-= Peggy Nolan´s Last Fabulous Post ..What’s Your Excuse? =-.

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Evita October 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Wow Lance what a moving post!

We are all beautiful stars and each of us shining so brightly, even on those down days where clouds may cover our sparkle, I truly believe that that rich light within us doesn’t die, or go away. We sometimes forget it is there, and like you said some of us don’t even know we have it – but it is there.

How truly beautiful this was, and what an experience you had.

Sadly there aren’t many stars in the sky above where we live, and we don’t even live in some clustered down town. I am thus blissful when I usually see one star in the sky – I count my blessings on it!

The most beautiful star sky I experience is when we go “up north” – oh my goodness, I will never forget when I first saw that sky as a little girl. I felt like the whole sky was sparkling, even got a chance to see a few shooting stars too 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Taking Bold Steps to Live Fully =-.

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Caroline October 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Just beautiful Lance! I so needed to hear this today. Sometimes I feel like my light is not bright enough… This really uplifted me and gave me that spiritual push I needed today. Thank God for you and this blog 🙂
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Mosaic Monday – Gratitude =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now October 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

We all need to hear this every now and again. I try to teach that this needs to come from within, but we do need external validation every now and again too.

What’s been difficult for me is following this star within myself. I know that I am meant for great things, but I get caught in my fear. It’s letting this star shine that will really encourage me to be awesome.

Thanks for the love.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..How Does Your Confidence Affect Your Work? =-.

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Marelisa October 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Hi Lance: It must take a lot of will power to get up and go for a jog when it’s still dark out. 🙂 I jog in the evening, just as the sun is setting. You’re a star too Lance, but I’m sure you already know that.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..The 10 Habits of Zen to Done =-.

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Lisa (mommymystic) October 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Lance, I love the line “To one, you could be the light that matters.” I think is so true – we are all the light that matters to at least one person. And think how it ripples out when we treat that person with love, and receive love back. What a nice reminder to just be who we are, and not concern ourselves with how ‘big’ it, or we, are…
.-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s Last Fabulous Post ..10 Characteristics of Women’s Energy Bodies =-.

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Laurie October 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

And Lance, don’t we feel more alive when our star is shining? When we can shine our true colors for all to see? To light the way for others with our light? To reflect God’s light within us? I think letting our light shine is being alive. Alive to enjoy our world, each other and our Creator.

I need some sunglasses Lance- you are shining so bright these days!

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Jason of Kim & Jason October 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Great post, Lance. Thanks for the reminder we all need from time to time. May we all shine on!

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Angelia Sims October 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Lance,
Great post! I love running in the mornings for just those reasons, the stillness and the deepness of the dark. Not many stars here though, very few are apparent in a city of 6 1/2 million.

My star shined so brightly this weekend, it burned out yesterday. I am slowing nurturing the shine back. I am not worried, it will be bright once more. I am grateful for the dim times. It actually reminds me of being in the city where the stars can’t penetrate through, some are unseen but still there.

Outside the city, they shine for all their glory, distinguished and bold. It only takes a trip away to find them again, to behold the absolute stunning sight of the heavens.

You, Lance, are a star so bright – it’s viewable inside the city canopy. Very exceptional!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Driving tips with Sydney =-.

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Laura Hegfield October 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Shine on Lance…isn’t it just the best when we are stunned by something as ordinary and extraordinary as the stars twinkling in the pre-dawn sky?

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Diane AZ October 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

The vision of you running in your dark foggy neighborhood reminds me of the movie, Peaceful Warrior. The tag line for the movie is: “There are no ordinary moments.”
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Red Bug Car =-.

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Jannie Funster October 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Well, Gee Lance — thanks for noticing how amazing I am. I think the same about YOU!!! 🙂

Most people say they like the sprite in me, but I’ll take them seeing the star in me too!

I love “a chorus of stars.” I hear it as the Handel’s Alleleuia!

And I love how Tess described running — that’s it to a tee — JOY.

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Like a bord on a wire, 12 — Funny Typos =-.

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Wilma Ham October 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm

We have no street lights where we live, the stars and moon are amazingly bright and part of our decor so to speak. I do agree nothing compares with their beauty but fog does obscure them.
I love the methaphor, we are all stars AND we need opportunity to see them. I love that some mention they do that by telescopes, running in the morning , standing on balconies and some cannot see because of continuous polution.
We all do have to do something to see stars, hmm.
I will continue to ponder, star Lance.
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..Part 2. Making requests, an underestimated skill. =-.

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Amanda Linehan October 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Hi Lance – Lately, when it’s dark outside and even when it is light, I have been noticing the moon. Not just noticing it either, but having it really strike me as I look up to it. The way that you noticed the stars reminded me of this. I can always relate parts of nature to parts of my life, just like the stars showed you something more. Nature can tell us a lot.
.-= Amanda Linehan´s Last Fabulous Post ..30 Quick Ways To Live In The Moment =-.

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Positively Present October 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

What a great post! I feel so inspired right now!! Thanks!
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..how to let go of what you don’t need =-.

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Davina October 28, 2009 at 1:27 am

Hi Lance. What a special time you’ve described here — a beautiful, energizing start to your day. Refreshingly melancholy… food for the soul??? Beautiful picture too; sigh.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Changing Seasons in Gentle Stride =-.

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SpinDiva October 28, 2009 at 5:49 am

Hey Lance,
What a great, uplifting post this is. It is so true that we all have that shimmer of light within us and to many we are already shining even if we fail to see it for ourselves.. Sometimes we need someone to remind us or better yet, someone to take the blinders off our eyes to help us see the light. Thanks for sharing your inspiring moments.

Terie
.-= SpinDiva´s Last Fabulous Post .."This is it." =-.

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Keith October 28, 2009 at 6:30 am

Hi Lance!

WOW! I got so inpired and invigorated reading this. This morning I felt a little like I wasn’t doing enough in my life to be and make a difference. Reading this was a great encouragement so I thank you for that.

I think one of the greatest things we can do for someone is to encourage them, so today, you’ve done a great thing!

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Diane Fit to the Finish October 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

Lance – you are a star here! Your encouragement and positive attitudes always give me pause to think about what’s important.

When I run in the early morning and see the stars I’m drawn back to my faith in God. Thanks for the reminder and the beauty of your words.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Are The Health Benefits of Losing Weight Worth The Effort? =-.

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Joanna October 28, 2009 at 7:49 am

YOU are amazing!!!
.-= Joanna´s Last Fabulous Post ..Canned GOODS =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord October 28, 2009 at 8:04 am

That picture was absolutely breathtaking, but then reading your post was more breathtaking still. Wow, Lance, thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational message with all of us. We are all like stars – incomparable and so necessary to the big picture. Every star in the sky seems necessary when we’re glancing upward, don’t they? Same goes for humans. We’re all here to shine our light.
Amen, and thank you!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Love Leaves Again =-.

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suzen October 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Hi Lance!
You are certainly one of the brightest lights in many of my days! Thank you for this twinkling post!

The believing part is what hit me today. I so often see the bright light in others and encourage them to keep shining bright and believe in themselves. In seeing so many bright stars out there, I tend to forget myself, that I’m one too!
Thanks for helping me see and believe in my own star-ness! I so needed that today, you have no idea!

Hugs
suZen

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Evelyn Lim October 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

Thanks, Lance, for being a star. You certainly inspire me with your brightness, warmth and love. I have been away from blogging for a couple of weeks but it is sure nice to come back to your lovely site. May you continue to shine always!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Abundance Tapestry is Live =-.

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Jewel/Pink Ink October 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

Very nice thought, Lance. A great reminder that we can all shine in our own way.

Thanks and have a great day!

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Audra Krell October 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

What a morning you had, a glimpse of glory. Fabulous way to start the day, the first day of the rest of your life!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..No Fall, Just Pumpkin =-.

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jen October 29, 2009 at 6:41 am

Thanks for this reminder, Lance. Sometimes, the light seems dimmed by unintended consequences and circumstances beyond our control. So good to hear this today. I really love Amy Tan, so the quote was especially great. This is actually the second time I came by to read this post. You’re always such a great stop in the day – just like your stop at the top of the hill!
.-= jen´s Last Fabulous Post ..9 Reasons Gen Xers Love Halloween =-.

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Sara October 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

Lance — This post is absolutely beautiful. It made tears come to my eyes. I’ve always admired your writing and how you inspire people. This post took all of that a step higher — it felt like it poured out of your soul into mine and that is a gift.

While I thought everything you wrote was wonderful, this phrase just touched me, “….a chorus of stars.” Just four little words that are make me see and hear the stars you were saw on your run. This post was poetic:~)
.-= Sara´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Halloween Scare =-.

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Extreme Fitness Blog October 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

Beautiful photograph. Almost looks like UFO’s. And I love the phrase, “A chorus of stars.” Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring post, and for appreciating the best time to jog–I too love that pre-dawn stillness, that ethereal hush that seems to anesthetize the neighborhood and make of it all a still wonderland to jog through.
.-= Extreme Fitness Blog´s Last Fabulous Post ..Legal Ways To Cheat Enhance Athletic Performance =-.

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Thomas Lieser October 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Nice to see my shot in this con-text 😉 Your words fit.
— thomas
.-= Thomas Lieser´s Last Fabulous Post ..Budapest by Blimp: Parliament =-.

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Bern ~ Walking in Stillness October 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

We are stars in the sky,
We are candles in the wind,
We are lighthouses on the edge of the sea,

We just have to see beyond the projections to get a good glimpse of what we truly are.
.-= Bern ~ Walking in Stillness´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pacific Crest Trail 2009 ~ part 3 =-.

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 5:45 am

@Mimi – Jogging does that for me, too…it’s just a great time to “think”. Mimi, you shine, always, and it’s so good to know you!

@Tammy – Tammy, it’s so great to have you here! I love that thought, about giving ourselves permission, really, to shine! Awesome!

@Tristan – We area all stars, yes!! And you know, even if we can’t see the stars up above like we may want to, there’s just something about knowing that they are there, that makes the world seems awesome! Just like you!

@Lynn – Thank YOU, Lynn! You are so supportive here, and I treasure that very much. YOu have a beautiful soul…

@Jennifer Lynn – Thanks for being here! And yes, running when the rest of the world is sleeping, there is something very peaceful, I think, about that.

@TB-Milwaukee — Hey, GREAT to have you here…neighbor not far away! I can get a star named after me? Cool!! Even cooler, though, is all the “stars” I know in some way – like you!

@Hayden – Um, yes, right…or really, what I meant was AMAZINGAWESOME (that’s a big word!)!! And hey, badassery is another big word…and a super-cool word here today! Here’s to letting that inner badass in each of us out – I’m pretty sure you’ve got this down (in an AMAZINGAWESOME way)!!

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 5:59 am

@Ivan – Ivan, what a wonderful story to share here! And so awesome you took the time to really let that moment “be”. I’m picturing it in my mind right now, and it is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it!

@Tess – This is definitely fitting material for “joy of running”! And I know! Running is just a great way to get out into the nature around us. Tess, maybe your light does shine brighter when you run, but I also know that your light is an amazing, amazing light always!

@Bob – Hi Bob. That’s a great poem you’ve shared, and as I read it – I’m drawn into the vastness of our world, and just how deeply moving it can be when we really connect with that. And you are! And that’s so awesome! Thanks for sharing that here!

@Katie West – Oh…now I want to know more! About this running you used to do. And this is wild! I just used that word – AMAZINGAWESOME – with Hayden! Wild! Well, it so fits you too! It does – Ms. AMAZINGAWESOME dudette!! Cookies? Did someone say cookies?? I’m coming over……..

@Erin Prais-Hintz – Erin, thank you. So much, you have such a beautiful way of making others feel their own “shine”! You are truly one amazing person, and I am so honored to know you. Keep shining that light of yours…it is so, so good.

@Zeenat – I love that you took a moment to experience the night time sky. It is so magnificent, isn’t it! Thank YOU, Zeenat – you have such a way of making others feel important and loved. You are a beautiful soul…

@Julie – Julie, I know you love those early morning hourse. So peaceful, isn’t it. And how you’ve described it all…so, so good. Julie, I am deeply honored to know you…you help so much in bringing out the stars in others. And that’s you shining so brightly into the world around you…just like those stars you see outside your back door.

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 6:22 am

@Peggy – I think part of it all is just taking the time to appreciate all that is around us. The planetarium sounds awesome. And Peggy…I’m so glad this brightened your day. And know that your words here have done that for me, too. I’m so glad to have gotten to know you, you are a truly wonderful person!

@Evita – Evita, I really couldn’t help but think of you when I was writing this post. Something about the connectedness of nature – and while I don’t remember exactly how it all went for you – I was taken back to the trip you took recently (spring? summer?) out into a secluded place in nature. something about what you wrote, and how good that was came back to me – as I wrote this. So, thank YOU! Beyond all that, though – Evita, your soul is one that shines in amazing ways. Really, I’m completely drawn in to the love and light you shine onto others! You are most certainly a gift in my life…

@Caroline – Thank you Caroline! I know those moment, and I’m guessing most experience that at some point – where we feel like we’re not all that “shiny”. You are though, and what I’ve witnessed from you has been so sweet and wonderful – you are such an amazing person. Always remember that…

@Karl – Yes, it does come from within, very true. Although hearing it from others is so, so good too. Karl, you are doing amazing things. I understand that fear thought – it’s one I have too. Know, though, that YOU are awesome already – and that comes through in every interaction I’ve had with you! Keep shining, my friend!

@Marelisa – Ha!! Well…I really do enjoy the early morning hours! And recently I’ve done some evening running too. The setting sun is gorgeous! Mare, you are so awesome and supportive, thank YOU!!

@Lisa – And we might not always realize that, right? That we are a light to someone out there. I love that, Lisa – that it’s just being who we are. Being our “natural” self, what a concept. And yet, who better to be! Lisa, your words always take me deeper into “me”. Thank you for all you give. Know that you shine brightly in my life…

@Laurie – Laurie, we certainly do! And we’re more alive because we’re connecting with what really matters to us. And that’s where we really “hit our stride”, and then when that shines out from us, wow! And you do that so amazingly well, Laurie! You have a way of making others feel loved and like real “stars”! And that’s you being a bright and awesome star yourself!!

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 6:53 am

@Jason – Thanks much, Jason! And hey, I know you shine…I’ve seen it in person!!

@Angelia – Part of the draw for those early mornings is the sky, but it’s also the stillness. And while you may not always see the bright stars up above, there is still something about that darkness. Angelia, I just want you to know that I’ve witnessed your inner star shine. It’s there always. And so maybe it was dim, but I know that yourlight shines in amazing ways…even when it doesn’t feel like it is. Keep on believing in “you”…always…

@Laura Hegfield – And you too, Laura, keep shining your amazing light…just like those stars up in the sky!

@Diane AZ – While I haven’t seen the movie, that line you shared really resonates with me. Everything is extraordinary, isn’t it! Our world is so amazing. You are amazing!

@Jannie – Hey Jannie, you shine amazing in so many awesome and quirky ways! It’s what I love about you…you ARE fun in life! And it’s so, so refreshing…

@Wilma – Wow, that sounds amazing! And that’s it…the shining star in all of us is there…always. Sometimes it’s just a matter of giving it permission to come out and play. Thanks so much, Wilma, for being here and sharing your light into my world!

@Amanda – Hi Amanda. I think we can relate to nature sometimes, because it is so connecting with us. The moon is so awesome, too, isn’t it! It’s easy to gaze up in wonder at it… And that’s where you’re taking me, Amanda, to the thought of just how expansive our world is! Thank you, my friend…for shining your light, today, into my world!

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 7:13 am

@Positively Present – Thanks so much, Dani! You brighten my day!

@Davina – This really was a special moment…thanks! And most definitely food for the soul. I was really taken in by that “moment”. Thanks so much!

@spinDiva – Hi Terie. Ah, yes – it’s easy sometime to have our blinders on…and not see the light that we shine…and the light that other shine out into the world. Terie, you shine!!

@Keith – Hi Keith. You know, you have a way of making others feel uplifted. I sense that every time I read something you’ve written. So, you ARE doing exactly what you see as one of the greatest things. Isn’t that pretty awesome! It is!! And you are!!

@Diane – I know what you mean about that faith in God…in those early morning runs. I think perhaps it’s because we can maybe sense His presence in the stillness and vastness of our world. Very awesome, Diane…just like you!

@Joanna – Well…thank YOU! And, I know firsthand just how amazing and awesome and incredible you are! That has shined through so much in the last couple of weeks, and really, I’m deeply moved by it all…by you…

@Megan – I loved that picture too! YOU are most definitely a star – and part of that is the way in which you make others shine! You do that so amazingly well – seeing the good in others! And that’s a light you shine out into our world…always! So thank you, my friend, for always lifting up those around you in beautiful ways…

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Lance October 30, 2009 at 7:30 am

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. Thank YOU!!! You always have something so wonderful to say…I’m blessed to know you! Remembering to see that light in ourselves…great point! I forget that too…and it IS there! Keep shining, Suzen!

@Evelyn – Evelyn, it’s great to have you back! And I’m sure your time away was time for you to really focus on the beauty you shine outward! Which I think is so awesome that you did this!! Welcome back!

@Jewel – Yes, we all shine! YOU shine!

@Audra – what a great way to look at that, Audra! That at this moment, this is always the first day of the rest of my life. Wow!! Really, that’s a very deep thought, and one that’s really sinking in right now…as I think about what do I really want the rest of my life to look like… This is so, so good! Like you, my friend…

@Jen – Thanks so much, Jen! You always brighten my days, and it’s great having you here! I know what you mean about unintended circumstances and how they can derail us sometimes. And that’s when it’s good to connect back with what really matters. Keep shining, my friend!

@Sara – Sara, thank you, so much. Your words are deeply moving for me today. They (your words) are a chorus of stars for me this morning. And that’s you, Sara, shining your love and light my way today. You are a beautiful soul…

@Extreme Fitness Blog – Morning runs are great, aren’t they! When I think chorus of stars, it’s almost as though they were singing out to me in the silence…no sound, yet beauiful music… Thanks so much for being here.

@Thomas – Awesome photograph of yours!! I love all the stars, it fit the image I wanted so well! thank you for stopping by here!

@Bern – I love that which you’ve shared. Seeing beyond, definitely. And that’s not always easy…in a world in which it’s easy to get caught up with what’s right in front of us. This has me really thinking today…thanks so much!

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Jeanne October 31, 2009 at 6:13 am

I love all you share
You are a blessing to us all
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Halloween =-.

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Lance November 2, 2009 at 3:44 am

Thanks so much for all your beautiful support Jeanne!

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peter August 26, 2014 at 8:18 am

Deep in our souls, we are all constellations of stars… and it’s up to us if we make this star shine bright…! 😉

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