It’s Monday. I am sitting at my computer and my thoughts are inundated to To-Do’s.

My decision to move full speed ahead has altered my existence. It’s wonderful. But I’ve noticed something…

Permission to Shine by Dana Pittman

My decision did not change me. My decision merely freed my thoughts.

My thoughts went from “boy, I sure would like to…” to “I am….”

Wishful thinking...

My deepest desires once were expressed with doubt-laced sarcasm…because who am I to…[INSERT your dream].

Oh woe is me has been replaced with action.

But my decision did not make the difference…

My belief did.

What do you believe today?

What do you believe about yourself? Your goals? Your dreams?

What do you know in your heart you were created to do…to be?


Consider this…

“Remarkable work is always not on the list, because if it was, it would be commonplace, not remarkable.” – Seth Godin


To this I say…Be remarkable with no apologies and no excuses.

Being remarkable is not on the list because being remarkable takes work. It takes dedication. It takes confronting our greatest fears and walking as victors.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela


I could write for days on this quote. However, I won’t. Instead I leave you with this…




Question: How will you shine today?


  1. Heidi Kreider 9 years ago

    Isn’t it amazing that we sometimes need permission? Thanks for the permission! Praying for you!

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      I agree. But my sis, if you shine any brighter you’d have to provide shades to your onlookers. 🙂

  2. Favorite quote ever! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Sarah Evans 9 years ago

    Wow – such a wonderful post filled with great quotes 🙂

    Visiting via the Thoughtful Thursdays Hop 🙂


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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Thanks. And thank you for visiting. Come again.

  4. Linda from CT 9 years ago

    Dana…I am not 100% computer savy and so this comment may appear ( not word for word) but my original comment seem to be lost in cyber space.
    Your post was beautiful. As soon as I read it, I said “Oh-oh…I have to share this with Joyce and Andrea and Kerry and Joan and Jenna and Kim and Janine and Amanda. Oh I know there are more’
    Most of them desire to write a book. Another has published her first book and is awaiting the delivery from the publisher.She hsa dreams of distributing it to a wide audience. Another is very gifted artitically and desires to design silk banners. Last, but certainly not least, one has decided that she is going to return to living “outside the box” and quiet the voices that have wanted to contain her. She is also planning on having a group in her home to minister to marginilized young people. Do they have to be drug free…clean…holy…saved? NO!…she has heard the great commission accurately and is implementing it as she feels Jesus would.
    It was then that I heard the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit telling me that YES…it was OK to share your post…but first He wanted me to take it in for myself.
    I love to give and share and I don’t ay that as a prideful thing, but sometimes, like this morning, I don’t take time to “taste and see that the Lord is good(to me)”
    So I speak to my soul Shalom…Selah…Peace be still.
    Do you need to do that today as well?
    Linda from CT
    Gosh, there is not a thing wrong with sharing…but sometime I rush into it so quick, that I miss the meal.

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Linda, first, thank you for sharing this comment again. Cyber space is sometimes a greedy mess…giving and taking as it desires. LOL! Now to your comment.

      What wonderful women to have around. Sharing is great (and please do, I’d appreciate it) but allowing the message to digest is greater.

      Here’s why: You will be the message. You can live your life in a way that is God honoring and this gives those wonderful women an example right before their eyes. You see, we sometimes have to see it to believe it. It’s sad but true. I say sad because waiting to see it may mean we miss out on so many other wonderful possibilities that faith provides.

      Thus, digest…be…share.

      Thank you again. Take care.

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