Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there lived a princess. Actually, the whole land was filled with many princesses, queens and assorted royalty figures. This princess in particular, did not live the life that you would expect a princess to live. She did not live in a luxurious castle. She did not have satiny flowing gowns or glass slippers to flaunt at the local castle country club. She was not chauffeured around town a in a beautiful carriage with handsome, buff footmen. She did not have attendants doe ting over her and making sure that her every whim was met before even the thought escaped her mind.
In reality, this princess lived in the small castle of a commoner. She worked long hours doing the exhaustive physical labor that other royal figures in the land preferred not to do. She cleaned toilets, scrubbed floors, washed windows and made the castles in the land sparkle. Because she did and even enjoyed doing this, she was thought of as more of a peasant, rather than a princess. People would often give their demands without even giving her the time of day. Instead of being appreciated and esteemed, she was overlooked and pushed aside when it came to being included as a valuable part of the lives of those that she served.
This princess was also a mother to four little royalty figures and the wife of a prince, each of whom came with a list of assorted duties to be completed each day. Life in the castle of the princess was very difficult. Circumstances behind the castle walls were such, that the members of this royal family often felt overwhelming stress. The princess would relish in the brief moments of solitude that she would find in the early morning hours of each new day. She would shed her tears and try to find the strength needed to face the day once again. The reality was that there were no fast solutions or really much hope that life would get easier anytime soon.
One day in particular, the princess was having a very difficult time holding back the stream of moisture that attempted to spill over onto her cheeks. Overwhelming feelings of fear, helplessness and hopelessness were more than she could bear this day. She was not able to put on her normal happy face. Instead of warm smiles and cheerful greetings, those she encountered received a sad, silent glance, which was so unlike the princess.
The sky was particularly cloudy and dark on this day, not typical to this enchanted land. The princess directed her chariot towards the castles of those she would serve. As she rounded a curve in the road, a bright beam of sunlight suddenly broke through the gray clouds blinding her for a brief instant. She had a very special unforgettable, life changing moment that gloomy morning, right there in her chariot. The sun instantly bathed her in warmth like a hug. A peaceful presence seemed to fill her chariot. She felt refreshing strength bubble up from within her as she heard these words. “Remember who you are. I made you to shine. Just as the sun is still shining behind the clouds on the gloomiest day and in the darkest storm, so should you still shine.”
Yes, the princess was still a princess, even though she was not living in one of those fancy castles, even though she did not live the luxurious life of a princess, even though she labored long and hard each day, even though the circumstances in her royal family were difficult. It did not change the fact that she was indeed a princess. She was made to shine.
That day, the princess determined to do what she was made to do, no matter what. Not that she never again felt discouraged or that she could not be sad when circumstances dictated for her to be sad. She just needed to remember who she was made to be. Regardless of her place in life and whatever was going on around her, she would be who she really was.
How does this story relate to you? She was not the only princess in the land. There was nothing special about this princess. There were many princes and princesses. The whole land was filled with royalty! They were all made to be royal people, all with value and purpose, all with their own unique circumstances. No matter what the place or position – they were made to shine. That includes you, too! Remember who you are. Be who you were made to be. Choose to let it be a good day to shine.