You can shine

My thanks to Gregg Morris for pointing me to this Pantene ad. I’m writing this through tears. I won’t give away the story, which takes only four minutes to watch. They are four minutes well spent.

We’ve all met the dream robbers. Some are bullies, like the girl in this ad.

Others are well-meaning friends. In a kindly, caring tone they take the fledgling dream we share with them and crush it. They deliver a variation of: “Hardly anyone succeeds as a musician/actor/storyteller/dancer/painter/writer. You have only a modicum of talent. Your dream is nice but not realistic.”

Fortunately, many of us meet the street violinist. He recognizes the different drum to which we march, the blue guitar on which we play. Or we find a friend who believes in us no matter how many times our manuscript is rejected, our painting unsold, our performance a critic’s stomping ground.

Filled with our own dream and, if we are fortunate, supported by someone who believes in us, we shake out our butterfly wings and fly.

Creativity in all its forms is a blessing, to ourselves and to the world. For me, one of the joys of living in an Internet age is the ease with which we can share whatever gifts we have.

And so many of you who read these blogs are my street violinists. Your loving responses make my heart sing and my fingers fly on the keyboard.


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6 comments for “You can shine

  1. July 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Wow. It wasn’t until the end that I got the relevance to Pantene (you can shine = shampoo for shiny hair?). Beautiful ad.

  2. July 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    No way an ad that long would play on North American TV, but here it is…a lovely story in four minutes.

  3. Roy
    July 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Very unusual ad and a great story.

  4. Michelle
    July 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    How inspirational and moving. Having someone believe in you is such a powerful thing – sometimes that someone has to be yourself.

  5. Simonne
    July 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it. I can almost forgive it for being a commercial!

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