Today as we rise and shine, we consider the multiple ways that we polish the veneer of our selves. We can attempt a new finish, working the surface to remove blemishes and imperfections, and apply a high gloss, so that we shine and radiate. Or, we can instead care for the finish that is there already, that has gained a richness and luster that is only achieved with time. A finish such as this has depth and character that, while not as shiny as the original, cannot be achieved without time and experience. There is beauty in such as this that is only known through wisdom and care. So rise and shine! Wipe off the dust, care for the work, and let the world see just how beautiful we are. For depth and character we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.