What’s your “thing”?  What is the quality, characteristic or attribute you possess that has gotten people’s attention?  Sometimes, I don’t even think we realize we have a specific “thing” until a family member, friend or even a stranger brings it to our attention.

One of my most defining attributes in my laugh!  But I will be honest and tell you that I didn’t realize it was unique until others pointed it out.  My laugh was just my laugh!  I mean it is the only way I know how to laugh.  It wasn’t something I practiced or worked to perfect; it is just part of how God created me.

As a young girl, in a small town, the kids I went to school with were the ones who first brought my laugh and how LOUD and distinctive it is to my attention.  Now at first, I felt myself want to hide from it.  I didn’t want to stand out because I was the girl with the loud laugh.  Can you relate?  Is there something you either used to or still do hide or want to subdue about yourself because of what others say ir think?

I look back on my childhood and I don’t feel I was made fun of in a mean way about my laugh; at least not the majority of the time.  And frankly, it wasn’t something I could change even if I wanted to.  When I got tickled, I laughed and there was no holding back!

As an adult, I LOVE my laugh!  I embrace it!  It is ME!!  Recently, I was texting with one of my best friends while I was in Dick’s Sporting Goods.  In between texts, I laughed at something the sales clerk in the shoe department said to me.  She immediately texted me back and told me she knew I was in Dick’s because she heard me!  Clearly she was in Dick’s too but we didn’t know we were both there until my laugh gave it away!

I have learned that my laugh brings others joy and sometimes makes them laugh too!  And that is a gift and a blessing as far as I am concerned.

I am sharing all of this with you to encourage you to stand tall and proud in every bit of who you are!  Whether it is your laugh, smile, sneeze, the way you walk or run, your height, etc. it is YOU!  And God created you wonderfully and to shine bright just as you are!

Be thankful for all the attributes that are unique to you.  Don’t hide from them, no matter what anyone says.  Allow every bit of you to shine bright and share your light with the world!  Because no one else can shine YOUR light the way YOU can!

XO,

Christy

PS….In this week’s Progress Matters podcast I am elaborating more on this subject, making progress walking in my truth and prayerfully hoping that it encourages those who need it, to walk tall in your truth too!  You can listen by clicking here:  http://www.progress-matters.com/podcast