I heard this quote on Coach Carter years ago and loved it. I loved it so much that I Googled it and saw it was by Marianne Williamson. I keep coming back to it at different points in my life and it moves me every time.
I imagine it resonates with everyone; but maybe I’m wrong. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been shrinking from who I truly am; but recently I have been working on finding the strength and courage to be true to myself. Who’d have thought it’s hard to be yourself than t pretend to be who you think you should be. It’s a struggle to let the perceptions of you go and come into who you truly are; but it definitely feels better.
The thing that I find a challenge is that it’s an ongoing process, you don’t make a realisation and it sticks with you forever. You have to keep going back, over and over again and rediscovering it. I’m hoping that with time the truths I find about myself will stick and I can really be me, just me.
“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.”