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Image Spotlight: Words
By Sharon Brown on September 3, 2012

Sometimes all we need is a word or two.

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ImageZanymuse
Sep 2, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Do I live out loud?
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ImageSharon
Sep 2, 2012 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I thought about it for awhile too. But I feel that we each have a reason to be, we have a purpose, our very own purpose to be on this earth.

It's like talents, if we have a talent, we are supposed to use it. Using that talent, and doing whatever we are supposed to be doing with it, would be 'living out loud'.

I also feel that our lives should be focused on others, not ourselves, but others. If we don't 'live out loud', how can we reach others?

I've always known that I could paint and I could write. If I never painted a picture or if I never wrote a word, then I would not be living out loud. But I did write and I did paint, so I think that's what it really means.

Like teaching. I know very well I was meant to be a teacher, I loved it and my students loved me. I lived out loud.

I don't think it means 'Look at me, look at me'. I just think it means that we live like were were meant to live, putting others first, always doing what we know we are supposed to do, living out loud, not hiding alone in a corner doing absolutely nothing for anybody.

So that's what it means to me, and maybe I'm wrong, but it's the way I feel about it.
Living out loud is being right where we are supposed to be, doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing and sharing what we know and what we love with others.

It will be interesting to hear other interpretations.
ImageZanymuse
Sep 2, 2012 8:33 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I like your interpretation Lovey dubby
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Imagequilter5
Sep 3, 2012 6:18 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I do too. And I believe it is true. Nothing is worse than a wasted life...
ImageMaryE
Sep 3, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
You're right. God gave us talents to use, not to hide. All three of you use your talents to bless others.
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ImageMaridell
Sep 3, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Makes me think of the biblical words about the need to set a candle on a candlestick or table, not hidden under a basket or in a cellar - so that all might see (benefit).
ImageSharon
Sep 3, 2012 10:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Exactly like that, Maridell.
Exactly
Imagenap
Sep 3, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
It might also mean that when you are doing your life's work, don't be mediocre about it. Do it to the best of your ability. Always apply your full potential. Don't be afraid to commit yourself to your goals. And don't end each day without making it felt.
Imagemagga
Sep 4, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
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I agree with you all and I think most of us are are living out loud one way or another. But there are many who do not. We have to find a way to help them to live out loud too if possible, don´t we?
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ImageSharon
Sep 4, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You are right, Magga. There are many interesting and talented folks who live among us, online or in real life. Maybe it's up to us to get to know them and to learn from them.

And Nap, I think you are right, too. Mediocrity might be for some, but I feel much better if I've put everything I have into whatever I'm doing.

Thank you all for pondering this thought right along with me. I was really interested to see how it would be interpreted and discussed.
Imagevic
Sep 4, 2012 5:20 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I loved reading all these responses and agree with all of you.

It reminds me of story I once read about a child to their mother - when you weren't looking - and it's about there are those around us that are constantly showing and teaching us without specifically doing so. Does that make sense? Meaning, just our words and actions so many times teach and show others and we don't even realize we're doing it.

This was very good Sharon - thank you Lovey dubby
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ImageSharon
Sep 4, 2012 6:49 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love that phrase: 'while I wasn't looking'.

Fits a lot of things and you'll find it occasionally tucked into an article I've written.
Imagestarlight1153
Sep 4, 2012 11:23 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Yep Maridell.... That is the verse put to song I learned as a child. " This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine. "

It's amazing how much even the smallest pinpoint of light can brighten darkness .

The words " Are you living out loud?" would make a good poster and theme for folks for a movement.




ImageSharon
Sep 4, 2012 11:48 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Ella,

I'm not one of those people who joins 'movements' but I guess it might be a good theme for those who do.

Truth is, I think it's OK to live out loud very quietly.

I love your sentence: "It's amazing how much even the smallest pinpoint of light can brighten darkness."
Love that!!
Thank you.

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