Our Deepest Fear - Thanks Daddy

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 doesn't 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 within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in all of us, 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 "Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson _____________________________________________________
My daddy refers to this poem on his blog. I smile everytime I read it because I think about the children in the movie about Marva Collins quoting it at the end. The poem is so inspirational that it should make anyone read it stand up with pride. It gives me strength sometimes when I feel to weak to speak. My hope is that my own children will know they are POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE! As an adult today I still find myself squashing down so that I will not make others feel inferior. "It's okay that you make me feel this way...as long as you don't". Rather than speak up for myself, I instead say "that's okay" and shrink away. I will not allow this to be "okay" for my own children as I am a work in progress and day to day continue to work on it myself. Often times I've allowed others to say what they want to me but instead have held my tongue so as not to "hurt" their feelings. The logic? None. Where it comes from? I don't know. I'm a work in progress. I'm determined that going forward I will not spare ones feelings who continue to step on mine, or save my anger for someone else and later take it out on my family because I was too cowardly to speak my own mind to someone else. I've vowed to teach "mine", that sometimes, more than not, they must speak up for themselves. If they don't...no one else will.

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