featuring a Crowned crane resplendent in its finery with text ‘If You’ve Got it, Flaunt It!’A flaunt it greeting card to inspire, featuring a Crowned crane resplendent in its finery with text ‘If You’ve Got it, Flaunt It!’

It encourages us to show our best qualities and not be afraid to show our talents. It says no more hanging back through shyness or some sense of not being able to risk being truly in the world – if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

It’s a balancing act. As the great Julian Cleary said, there’s a fine line between greatness and making a fool of yourself. It takes an inner but not misguided confidence.

With maturity one hopes that one becomes more free from anxiety.

‘What else is wisdom? To stand from fear set free: To stand and wait.’ is a line from The Bacchae by Euripides.

Wait for what? Wait for what transpires. Wait for what the occasion demands, and if it demands that one takes a stance, makes a show of it, gets it out there – then if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

But don’t make a production out of it. Don’t become a slave to making a splash. To do that would be to become a parody of oneself. It’s better to just know that when the time is right, you can pull out all the stops and dance from the inside out.

Of course, you might want to practise in front of a mirror in your bedroom to make sure you’ve got the moves right.

Which brings us back to the Crowned crane, because it does dance. It dances to attract a mate. Down goes its head, out go its wings, and it jumps up into the air. Those huge black and white wings flash a message of love.

It lands and spins around, legs moving every which way. It dances with its wings out, wings in, all in the hope of interesting that special mate.

Of course, cranes still have to eat. And even in the middle of their mating dance you see them bend down and grab a tasty insect that has been disturbed by those dance moves – and then on with the dance.


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