The other night, Shawn and I were watching a movie, Akeelah and the Bee. It's a sweet, feel good movie and we enjoyed it. In the movie, one of the characters had a quote on the wall that really resonated with me. So of course I had to immediately research it.
The quote came from a book called Return to Love. I'm not usually into self help books, especially ones that are religious or spiritual in nature because I'm not really a religious or spiritual person. But there were parts of the quote that I found myself relating to.
"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's 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Like I said, I'm not religious but I think this is a beautiful quote. I hope to be able to change so that I can live more along these lines. This may sound very narcissistic, but I hope to stop doubting myself, to allow myself to be great and to not play small or shrink anymore and to not let my fear stop me. I hope this will be my new philosophy for next year and really be able to incorporate this into my everyday life.