Go ahead. Read it.
“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.”
I love this quote. Especially the last part. It's so true.
I'm not feeling well tonight and thus, am really struggling to form fluent thoughts. Let me try to illustrate.
Sweet P is beautiful. She especially has these striking blue eyes. Everywhere we go people tell her how beautiful she is. Now, if a stranger walked up to me and told me I was beautiful, I would laugh awkwardly and mumble a 'thank you' as I walked away embarrassed. Sweet P's response? A huge smile and a proud "Thank you!" Sometimes she even says, "I know. This self-assuredness makes people smile, but no one is disapproving. I love it. I'm trying to figure out how to make it permanent. Because she is beautiful.
I think the best way to do that is to change myself. People also frequently comment that Sweet P looks exactly like me. So, the best way to teach her to continue to shine unabashedly is to do that myself.
Remember when we talked about receiving compliments? Even though my example is kind of along those lines, what I'm trying to say really goes beyond that. It's about believing in who you are--whether other people notice or not. If you truly know who you are and believe in your own worth, then joy will just come naturally.
Okay, maybe I will try to leave a comment with more succinct thoughts later in the week. I hope you get the idea. Basically, I just want to discuss this quote with you. Please share your thoughts and feelings about it. How do you think you can let your light shine? Have you ever known someone who does? Has that liberated you to do the same? How can you help the people around you to do so?