Welcome to the Star Polisher Blog

by Carol Hess on April 6, 2011

Welcome to the Star Polisher blog.  That’s Carol Corola (also known as CC) there to the left.  She’s the muse who whispers the words in my ear, especially the naughty ones I’m not supposed to write.  

She’s also the Star Polisher.  One of these days, I’ll tell you how she came into being.  It’s a great story that involves a mysterious but oh so attractive Mexican writer, a book that turned a publishing house upside down, and a life purpose finally understood. 

But that’s the past.  Let’s talk about the present.  Let’s talk about this blog you’ve landed on and what it’s all about.  Correction:  what it’s going to be all about since this is the very first post. 

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2010.  There was a time there, right after the initial diagnosis and before treatment started, when I thought I wasn’t going to survive.  What little I had been told wasn’t good. 

I spent three days believing my death was more or less imminent.  During those three days, I looked back over my life, and I didn’t like what I saw.  Opportunities wasted.  Potential unfulfilled.  Dreams not pursued.  Relationships discarded.  

I saw too much anger and fear and not enough love and faith.  I saw a life that hadn’t counted for much, that hadn’t made much of a difference.  I saw a life not lived.  A life postponed.  A life waiting to happen.  

And it was too late to do anything about it.  I had just run out of time. 

Those three days were excruciating.  And then I made a decision.  I decided I wasn’t going to leave my life the way I had lived it.  I wasn’t going out in fear and anger.  I was going out in love and faith.  And my excruciating pain came to an end. 

Less than an hour later, the oncologist told me my cancer was curable.  My prognosis was excellent.  I had been given a reprieve.  I had been given a second chance.  I hadn’t run out of time . . . . . yet. 

Cancer is a game changer.  And that was okay with me.  My game needed changing.  Cancer wakes you up.  And that was okay with me too.  I had been asleep long enough.  Cancer was the spiritual 2 by 4 right between the eyes that I needed in the worst sort of way. 

Cancer has given me the courage to stop hugging the walls of the room, stop playing small, stop living in my shadows.  And that’s where this blog comes in.

This blog is about me stepping into the center of the room and allowing myself to be seen.  It’s about me playing big and living big.  It’s about polishing my star and allowing my light to shine.  

And it’s about letting you see me do it. 

I suspect this blog may also be about you doing the same thing.  About you polishing your star and allowing your light to shine.  About us helping each other and doing it together. 

So what do you say?  Are you ready for a little star polishing?  I know exactly where I need to start polishing my star.  What about you? 

Let the polishing begin!