One of my favorite tunes to hum when I need a little self motivation is 'This Little Light of Mine'. I so identify with the over-the-top enthusiasm little Anna Mae Bullock had while singing the song in that dusty little wooden church in Nutbush, Tennessee in the opening scene of “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Even when the mean old choir director snatched little Anna Mae by the ear and put her out the church, it didn’t affect her spirit one bit. Like Anna Mae, who grew up to become the phenomenal Tina Turner, I am determined to let my light shine regardless of my circumstances. Don’t get me wrong, life is good and, as cliché as it may sound, I really am too blessed to be stressed. I have come so far by faith and by letting my light shine even when it wanted to simply flicker.
All photos by Markus Moore for BigTime Images.