Monday, August 11, 2008

We are all meant to shine!

This is my all time favorite quote. I love how it inspires us to live up to the greatness that we each carry with us.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear isthat 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." ~Nelson Mandela~
I was pondering this recently - and looking at what my thoughts have been leading me to believe. I realize that I discount my achievements by comparing myself to others.

Another pitfall I find myself in is believing that the trials that I face somehow make me less of good person. That if I were a good person, I would not have to face this trial. I am finally starting to see that maybe it is just the opposite.