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The Star Whose Shine Was Lost
By Leo Phoenix
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In the wonderful expanse of the endless Universe, there are many many stars. All of them work together to cast the beauty of light across the night sky. They all shine so bright and each have their own special purpose. In our galaxy, The Milky Way, there are so many stars that they can't even be numbered. Among the stars, The Sun is the greatest in our galaxy and he is the biggest and brightest of them all. The other stars call him the Great Ancient One. It is known that he has ruled since the beginning of time. All of the planets revolve around him and he sees the twinkle of every star as if all of them are his children. He loves each and every one of them as his own.
Among the countless stars of the Milky Way Galaxy was a little star named "Sparky" which is short for Sparkfire. After a few light years of twinkling, Sparky caught the Sun's attention because Sparky's shine had been rapidly growing dim.
One day The Sun called out to him in a deep calm voice, "Sparky! ... Why are you losing your shine?" Sparky replied, "The stars around me are so big and bright and they seem to shine with ease. My mere twinkles are lost in their shadows, O' Ancient One!" Now, all the other stars in the galaxy were indeed very bright and they did not pay Sparky much attention. Instead, they would joke about how dim he was and say things like, "He could never be a shooting star!"
Now after hearing this, the Sun shined brightly on Sparky and asked him, "How bright would you like to shine, Sparky?" slowly lifting his eyes, Sparky replied, "I wish I was the brightest star in the whole galaxy ... and I wish I had a real name like all the other stars!" then Sparky stutters, "... and and and ... I want be important and not made fun of and and ... I want to feel accepted and and ..." Then Sparky begins to cry.
At this, the Sun smiled and Sparky looked at him confused at why The Sun was smiling while he was crying. Sparky then asked The Sun, "Why are you smiling? Are you now making fun of me too O' Ancient One?" The Sun said, in that same deep calm voice, "I would never do that, Sparkfire ... I am smiling because I know how bright you are and you do too!" "Huh?", Sparky replied. "Yeah, I'm like a 60 watt light bulb in a black hole!" The Sun then let out a big belly laugh! "Ahhh ha ha ha ha ha!" Sparky was dumbfounded! He couldn't believe the Sun was finding humor in his darkness.
The Sun then said to Sparky, "My little star, there's no harm in laughing at yourself sometimes. You'll find that your light will shine brighter when you are able to do that. Furthermore, I told you that you and I both know how bright you really are. You said it yourself, that you wish you were the brightest star in the whole galaxy. I smiled and laughed because I know the solution to your problem is within you and you simply just haven't discovered it yet. But, I am here to tell you, my little star, that all you have to do is be you. The other stars are being themselves. You just happen to be extraordinarily special and sometimes it takes a little longer for stars like you to find their true shine ... Now, I would like you to do me a favor. By the time I rise again tomorrow morning I want for you to simply decide to be a little brighter than you are today, agreed?" "Decide?", Sparky questioned. "Yep! ... Decide ... just as you have decided to be dim ... See, you can do the easy thing and blame it on the other stars, but the truth is that they have no control over your shine. Only you do, Sparky!" The Sun replied. Puzzled, Sparky said, "But ... but ... I didn't decide to be dim ..." "Well have you decided to be bright?", The Sun asked. "Well, I guess not", said Sparky. Then The Sun said, " Well, if you haven't decided to be bright, you are subject to be the opposite of bright ... which is dim, no?"
"That does make sense, O' Ancient One ... Ok then! I will do you that favor! I will be brighter tomorrow", Sparky said with excitement! "Now that's more like it!" The Sun replied.
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