This summer, one idea has come to my attention again and again, said in many different ways. It’s best summed up by Marianne Williamson’s famous quote from 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.”
Well said. You have grown a lot since I first got to know you and it has be and remains a joy to see. Let your light shine, for those who struggle with that, well, they can wear sunglasses!