Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

The Dailey Dose: ‘Always Shine Your Brightest, Always Trust Your Wings’

little birdLEXINGTON, Ky. (11/22/13) — For years, Shannon Barnes said he lived a life that he felt like he couldn’t escape. Last year, he went through a divorce. He remembers being at work one day and feeling like a tree with someone else's leaves taped onto him.

“I didn’t feel genuine anymore, I felt like I was someone that (someone else) wanted me to be,” Barnes said. “ I didn’t want my children to learn that type of behavior.”

Barnes decided to write a children’s book that would teach them it is O.K. to be yourself and go away from the everyday norm that society wants you to be.

“I decided to base the story about a young bird who is found by ostriches,” Barnes said. “The ostriches thought he looked weird because the baby bird didn’t look like them, so they taped their feathers all over him.”

Barnes said that until one grasps that you love yourself and believe in yourself, you are bound to listen to everyone around you and become a person that they want you to be.

“Kids feel with their heart, and as adults we learn to shut out our feelings and feel with our mind,” Barnes said. “By the end of the book, the young bird blossoms in his own time with love in his heart and becomes a colorful, vibrant bird.”

Barnes was living a life before where the love he had for himself only came from those around him, where now he loves himself so nothing else really matters.

“The whole point of this book is to put it in children’s heads that what people think of you isn’t the most important thing in the world,” Barnes said. “When you figure out what you want, how you want to feel, and where you want to go, everything falls into place as soon as you step away from being stuck behind the image of what someone else has given you.”

After ridding himself of false feathers, Barnes is now working on his second book that will be available in April. The book is about a 6 year old girl, who has fought her way through life with Hemiplegia.

“It’s a true story about a young girl who has had to work harder to get done as much as everyone else,” Barnes said. “Instead of the book being about her having this disease, it has her living in a place called Hemiplegia and showing the adventures and obstacles that she has to go through while living there and finally reaching her dreams that she has worked so hard for.”

Barnes wants people to look at her and admire her for everything that she has accomplished so far at a young age, not what she was diagnosed with. A percentage of the money that he makes selling this book will be donated to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association.

“I plan on writing books that will positively affect those who read them,” Barnes said. “It’s the basic stuff that we kind of grow into, but the bottom line is that we all have to believe in ourselves.”

To find out more information on Shannon or to purchase one of the books visit www.littlelightrelay.com.

“Always shine your brightest, always trust your wings.”

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 22, 2014 4132

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 2997

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2982

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2369

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2290

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - July…

in News by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 22, 2014 4132

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 2093

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 23, 2014 2082

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 21, 2014 1244

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 1188

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 21, 2014 1559

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 22, 2014 1241

Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro and…

in News by Carla Shelton
July 23, 2014 1187

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 22, 2014 1177

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
July 23, 2014 1101

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 2997

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2982

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2369

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1809

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1569

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03