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 and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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. ~ Marianne Williamson
This quote by Marianne Williamson is one of my all-time favorite quotes. To be honest, I could just leave the photo and the quote and my blog entry for today would be worthy of reading and people would gain much from it – without needing a word of extra input from me. Suffice it to say that I agree with Marianne 100%. I do think that we are often afraid of our own light and success. With success comes great responsibility, and this is scary for many of us. We must stand up and shine, be who we are in the midst of the world around us. We can contribute and let our light shine – we can use ourselves to help to bring the darkness out of the lives of others. And, as Marianne gracefully pointed out, as we shed our inhibitions and allow our light to shine, we are indeed empowering others to do the same.
Today, 314 days ’til 40, I will seek to let my light shine in all circumstances I encounter in my life. I hope and pray that you will do the same.
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.”
~ Dwight L Moody