Monday, October 11, 2010

My motto.

I was reminded of this quote today from Marianne Williamson.  It's found in her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Imagine if I lived every moment asking God to show me where I can shine, where I can allow other's to shine, and rejoicing in the moments God gives me.  It might be a foreign idea, and I may only excel at it a small percentage of the time, but who am I, if not a brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous creation of God?? I choose to celebrate that today.


Charlsie said...

Mmmm... I like this. A nice reminder that we have "permission" to shine. So many times I get stuck on being "humble," but I suppose we can "humbly shine?" Thanks for this!

She answers to Layla said...

I like your thoughts---does humility imply we don't shine?? I see where your thoughts are, that when I'm humble, I am 'little.' But, I am NOT little. I am HUGE. I have a great big personality and a great big heart, and knowing that about myself, and allowing God to use those aspects of me, that HE CREATED!, I stand in humility. (I think, anyway!) I'm reminded of Matthew 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Hope you're doing well, Charlsie, and enjoyed Austin City Limits: Did you see Phish play????? :)