This is one of my all time favorite quotes:
“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.”
—-from A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
I go back to this quote for encouragement when ever I am feeling like I have no business creating, dreaming, or sharing because I don’t have it all together yet and I am afraid of being seen by others in all my imperfection. That is when I am playing small, staying in my comfort zone of low expectations because I am looking only at my weak human side. There is another quote I love that says, “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”. We forget who we are and our brilliant heritage and birthright and think our humanness and all its limitations are all we will ever be. We relax in our mission, thinking it is beyond our capacity to shine so we should just be content to live quietly and inconspicuously. Yet if I really know who I am, and where the gifts come from that are in me, I would not hide them or think they aren’t good enough to share. It’s not humility but fear that keeps most people from shining their light. It’s not prideful to have gratitude to God for the gifts and messages he puts inside you enough to glorify Him by developing and sharing. In the process of creating and acting on the inspiration He gives, he turns our imperfection in to His own perfect work, and our weakness becomes strength. As long as we remember Whose gifts they really are and use them for His glory, they will be a blessing to the one who shines the light and the ones who see it. So don’t be afraid to shine – you never know who might be waiting for a message or a gift like only you can provide to the world.