I see you there, peeking out from the shadows.
The bright sunlight makes you squint as you peer from your sanctuary.
Beyond the shade is a world more beautiful than you can imagine.
But to get there, you must do the unthinkable.
You must uncurl your fingers from that tangle of branches.
Straighten your shoulders,
Take a deep breath.
And take one step.
Step out into the light.
Even though your heart is racing and your breath is catching in your chest.
Step into the light.
You worry that the light will blind you.
That the bright beings you see in the distance will point and laugh
At your dimness.
What you do not see
Is that the shade obscures your magnificent sparkle.
Step into the light and watch yourself transform.
Shine. One step at a time.