Have you heard of Marianne Williamson?
I hadn't either until a wonderful lady in my ward brought one of her quotes as a hand out for a class a couple of years ago. That handout is still hanging on my fridge. I read it every so often. Every time I do I get chills. Sometimes when I do it makes me cry because if it's truthfulness.
One of my dear friends is struggling right now. I wanted to share it with her. And I thought it might be helpful to those out there that haven't heard it. Part of the quote was used in the movie "Akeelah and the Bee" (if you haven't seen this movie put it on your Netflix list or go out and rent it! You must see this movie!) Here is what Marrianne has to say....
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 frightens us.Isn't that amazing? As I think about this I wonder am I "playing small"? I know that I do this, often. Probably too often. So I need to stop being scared of who I am. I need to stand up. Walk tall and go forward each day knowing that I am a daughter of God. Yes I am. With His love, His power and His wisdom there is nothing I can't do.
We ask ourselves 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? Your 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 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.
We are all daughters (or sons) of God. He loves us and wants us to succeed, to be happy, to love and be loved. He wants us to care for each other. Lift one another, not tear each other down. He wants us to love each other, love ourselves and most importantly to love Him. To be grateful for all that He has given us. Most of all, He wants us to return again to live with Him someday. The way to do that is by remembering who we are.
Those were some of my dad's last words on this earth,
"Remember who you are. "
I'm trying dad (and Father). I'm really trying