Revealing the Real You

Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom.

Wilferd Peterson


Once upon a time there was a beautiful, perfectly round pearl. Its creamy color had such depth that when the light hit it, all the colors of the rainbow shined.

The Pearl Maker marveled at this perfect pearl, and buried the pearl deep within a hard clam shell to protect it. The Pearl Maker threw it into the ocean where it floated to the bottom and waited.

The pearl hid there, covered with sand and slime. For many years, it hid safely encased by the hard clam shell. Then one day, it became restless. A feeling nudged deep in its core.

“I want to get out and see the ocean,” said the Pearl to the clam shell. “I don’t want to hide inside you anymore.”

The clam shell was horrified. “You won’t survive. It’s dangerous out there. You’ll be swallowed by a shark.”

The pearl didn’t care. It wanted to get out, to get free. It wanted to be who it was, to show the world its rainbow colors. But it was trapped and it needed help.

It cried out to a nearby dolphin. “Sir, can you help me get out of this shell?”

Without hesitation, the dolphin scooped up the clam shell, dove through the ocean to his friend the otter, and said, “There is a beautifully perfect pearl inside that wants to be free. Can you help?”

The otter cracked the clam shell. The pearl shone brightly. The Pearl Maker smiled from the shore.

At the center of every human being, there is a perfect pearl wanting to realize its beautifully authentic self, and to share that self with the world. Are you sharing yours?

Affirmation: Only I can shine the unique light that is me.


About @jamieweil

Parent, teacher, writer, filmmaker, youth mental health advocate. Passionate about having new conversations surrounding youth mental/brain illness and suicide awareness. Author of YA novel, First Break, released Wednesday, October 10, 2018, World Mental Health Day. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and available for request through your local bookstore. New YA Novel, Intuition, to be released Summer 2019 ( Concurrently producing the groundbreaking docuseries A Crazy Thought, a sharing of hope and help from the voice of a parent and teacher ( Working with award-winning female filmmakers to bring about a new conversation in youth mental health.
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