I love this poem by Marianne Williamson….it speaks to my heart and I use it often when I am trying to help my students, or help a friend that is going through a difficult time. Here it is:
Our Deepest Fear
“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 authomatically liberates others.”—Marianne Williamson
What does this make you think of? It makes me aware that our gifts from God are a mission. The gifts we each have are to be used to help others. You have no idea how much you actually enrich others’ lives each day. If you could see yourself the way your dearest friends see you, you might love yourself in a whole new way.
I think today we each need to see ourselves in that new way. Perhaps we would then hae lightened hearts. Seeing the doom and gloom around us does not light the way for ourselves or others. Instead, it extinguishes the light we have that could light the way for someone else. Today I want to re-cast the messages I receive. I want to have a light and happy heart, even though times are difficult. Weeping, being cranky or stressed or upset is not a way to fix my or anyone else’s troubles. We may as well dance, right? So baby, put on your dancing shoes—the music is about to begin!