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. These words were written by Marianne Williamson. When I first read the entire message, the first two lines described what I felt in my life. My fear is not that I am inadequate but that I am powerful beyond measure. I have spend a lot of my life working and creating new programs, better ways to get work done, and resolving issues for other people. All the time staying in the background to not draw attention to myself. I have let other people take the credit for my work, my creations. I could say I was shy or that I did not want the attention, and maybe that was true. After reading Marianne’s words I realized that to quote her, “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that othe people won’t feel insecure.” How true those words were. So as I accept this new beginning for my life, as I reach out to help others shine, nothing is more rewarding. So let me leave you with one more word from Marianne, “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.”
Thank you, Marianne.
This is the time of year where everyone makes plans to start the new year as a do over for everything they didn’t do in the old year. I say why start again from the beginning. We should just continue on the path we started in the old year and keep moving forward. When you start anew you leave behind all the great things you accomplished in the old year. For 2013 lets build on what we have already accomplished, and look forward to doing more this year.
Many of us live from day to day without a real sense of purpose. We know we want more out of live, but we can’t seem to put a finger on exactly what it is. We believe our fate is due to lack of career, money or the freedom to do what we want. Actually, what we may be longing for is personal mission. When you have a mission, you have a core passion that gives you vision. With the vision of your mission, you move gracefully through your goals. When you have a mission, you wholeheartedly embrace a task and you remain focused until the task is done. When you have a mission, you feel valued, worthy and respectable. You manage to keep your head up and others notice you. What is your mission? Perhaps it is building snowmen, counting pea pods or keeping others on their mission. Respect your life enough to pursue a meaningful mission. Respect yourself enough to give yourself something to do.