What “Live BRIGHT” Means to Me
By Maile Sundquist
I decided to create an inspirational motto, a short phrase that could be used by me and my fellow Stars as an encouragement to one another and ourselves. Thus Live BRIGHT was born. Yes, the cheese factor isn’t lost on me, but don’t most things in life worth pursuing have cheese? Like pizza! I digress. So I created this phrase that has become a creed for me to live by. It is a call to action, an encouragement to live in a deeper, more meaningful and impactful way. Aside from the implied meaning of bright – intelligent, creative, hopeful, optimistic, boldly shining forth your light into the world – I’ve created an acronym to remind me of the kind of person I strive to be and the virtues and character traits I want to live out for the benefit of myself and those around me.
B: bighearted (compassionate and generous)
R: righteous (good, faithful, trustworthy, and morally sound)
I: ingenuous (free of pretension, trusting, honest, and a reminder to just be me)
G: grateful (content and thankful for life, each new day, and what I have no matter how little)
H: healthy (mental, spiritual, physical health and balance and the disciplines and habits that sustain those things)
T: thoughtful (respectful and intentional with all I say and do and where I invest my time and resources)
So now you know what I mean when I say “Live BRIGHT.” May our lives and the lives around us be transformed as we let our love and light shine by living bright!