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The whimsy and wisdom of Shel Silversteen has been a unexpected comfort the past few months. His poem “Somebody Has To” hit me differently this morning though:

Somebody has to go polish the stars,

They’re looking a little bit dull.

Somebody has to go polish the stars,

For the eagles and starlings and gulls

Have all been complaining they’re tarnished and worn,

They say they want new ones we cannot afford.

So please get your rags

And your polishing jars,

Somebody has to go polish the stars.

Shel Silversteen, “Somebody has To”

How often do we neglect to polish the stars in our life? How often are we the eagles and starlings and gulls, our gaze drawn toward the seductive lure of ”newness”. We fail to see the beauty in front of us that maybe just needs a little bit of work, in all areas of our lives. Clothes, phones, computers, cars, houses, friendships, relationships, jobs, careers, hobbies, and everything else in between—it’s easier to gripe and replace than sweat and fix.

And from another angle, who are the stars, the people, in your life that maybe just need a little help—a little polishing to help them shine their brightest. Maybe they’ve been tarnished by job loss, mental or physical illness, or any of the other myriad of effects of a global pandemic. What work can you put in to help them shine brightly again? Because here’s the secret—you need the light they provide as much as they need to shine.

Let’s all be a little bit of Starpolish this week.

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