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Our Deepest Fear

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The quote below is an actually excerpt from a book entitled” A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Miracles by Course by Marianne Williamson.  I read this quote for the first time in the doctor’s office.  It touched me to the core of my being, so much so, that I immediately picked up my smart phone and emailed the author and title to myself.  The words are the truest words, and they should resonate with each of us.

        “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.” 

When I think of how many times I have downplayed myself to others trying so hard not to be different.  Afraid, that if I let others know of my talents, they would shun me from the group, because I was not the same as them.  That possibly, I was too talented, and that talent would hurt others or make them feel like they were less than I was.

My light does frighten others and me; I have learned.  Consequently, I question this idea as Marianne Williams does in her book.  If, I am a product of God and have been given all these wondrous talents, then would it be a rebuff to God if I choose not to use them?  If I am born with these gifts, there must be a purpose for them, a use.  I must strive to incorporate them into my life and not be ashamed or fearful of the gifts.

I was once told that I was a “Reluctant Leader” because I have the ability to lead others, but choose to stand back and see if someone else will take the lead. The decision is “safe” without a chance at failure or ridicule. However, I think that rather than be afraid to use my talents, I should find ways to share them and be the inspiration for others, even if it means I may fail sometimes.

Since, the gifts are from God, is it sane to think that God will provide a way to incorporate these gifts into the world for good? What talents do I possess that I keep selfishly to myself?  Just a few thoughts I thought to share. What do you think?  Are you playing small?

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About bigsmileu1

What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

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  1. What a fascinating quote! It’s true that many of us are afraid to let our light shine. You learn as early as kindergarten that being accepted by the group can lead to you dumbing yourself down just to fit in. But, like rudolph the raindeer’s nose when it was covered in mud and made him talk funny, the true you shines through after not too long 🙂


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