Today I decorated my office (I’ll upload pictures when I get home…look out below) and on a board in my office I was writing quotes. I love quotes, so much…but I was trying to think of my favorite quote and it has to be-without pause or doubt:
“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 younot 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.” -Marianne Williamson-
I mean, everything you need in life is in that quote. It is just spiritual sustenance. The line that has been dead-on for me lately, though, has been this one: “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” In my work, I find that to be particularly important. How can I, as a therapist, tell someone to be fearless, confident, motivated, loving, help them build all these skills within themselves, give them the bait to do the work and then not have the same want to do it for myself? Everyone has hurdles, sure, and I will never be “picture perfect Beyonce” but damn it I can be the best me. I owe it to myself right? That’s the attitude I’m developing right now. I’m working on being that beacon of light. Free of the fear of my own greatness.