Tuesday, August 27, 2013

'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?

Below is a quote I have heard the beginning of many times. However I have never heard what came after or knew who wrote it. Today I discovered it was said by someone I admire, Marianne Williamson, who everyday puts love and peace in the world. She is even heroically trying to bring this into politics by being a founder of The Peace Alliance: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/

“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. (feel free to replace God with Love if it makes you more comfortable)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.” 
― Marianne WilliamsonReturn to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

              After reading this quote in full, I knew I was meant to hear it and share it. My "urge" to stop playing it small, has allowed me to share my journey while I'm trying to battle depression to better serve the world. Consequently, I have already seen that by shining my light, others are doing the same.

While I'm at it trying to "shine my light" I thought I'd share some pictures. :)

Twin Moose

Paintings for the Continental Divide Trail Race in Steamboat Springs

Maroon Bells

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