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October 18, 2013

Not the brightest star in the sky?

MERIDIAN — Hmm, the brightest star in the sky – is that supposed to be good or something? Like Star-Power … the one that can eclipse all others, the standout, or the drama queens of the world. So “they” say – it’s rather lonely at the top, the highest plateau, or brightest seat in the Universe.

    We know the actual brightest star in our earthly world is the Sun – the center of our Solar System, but then, the Sun has a real job to do. Like the Jimmy Dean Sausage commercials, the Sun keeps all other celestial masses in their orbiting disks. Now that takes talent and a lot of time, plus tons of Jimmy Dean’s breakfasts.

    Being the curious sort that I am, I researched for the “next-brightest-star” in our world. That luminous piece of massive spectral magnificence is Sirius – in Greek meaning “glowing” or “scorcher.” In reality the star known as Sirius is about twice as massive as the Sun, but due to location (eight and one half light years from the Earth), the star is always second in brightness to our world.

    Sirius is also known as the “Dog Star.” According to my research, the heliacal rising of Sirius marked the flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt and as well marked the “dog days” of summer for the ancient Greeks – also was and continues as an important star for navigation on the high seas and all star-gazers of the world.

    With these facts, plus additional astronomically-sited info, the Sun and Sirius have top-notch-jobs in our Universe. I mean they have real jobs, not just hanging out to be the brightest, most beautiful and main most attention-seekers of our world – although, of course, these two beauteous babes do deserve star-status.

    Ah, but the human creature … sparkling-star-wanna-be’s. That’s right – we all want to be appreciated, noticed in a glittering way, perhaps even the centre of attention ever-so-often. Behavioral experts tend to acknowledge attention-seeking is garnered with low self-esteem. That those who shine the brightest are really screaming for validation of their worth. Not so good, huh?

    Here’s the thing – it’s not so bad to hang in the shade of the world, to work in the background, support the stars, and generally stay low-key. Quiet time is an essential component for most career paths – even rock stars. Defining one’s place in the world requires clear thinking and the setting of goals. I mean who wants to be known as a scorcher, anyways?

    According to Susan Cain’s 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued. These quiet souls have opportunities to think real thoughts, write meaningful text, and research the secrets of the world. Ms Cain explains the lifestyle of quietness allows “a metaphor for the treasures, memories, activities and thoughts that make you you.”  

    As you work quietly making your way in this ole world, be sure to acknowledge the brightest among us, offer an encouraging smile, slap on the sparkly back, and good words of great consequence … because even on this day, those illuminating ones could have missed their Jimmy Dean breakfast – sad.

    So you are not the brightest star in the sky – that’s okay.

    Anne McKee is a writer and storyteller. Visit her website: www.annemckee.net

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