Who Am I Not To?
On New Years Eve I was listening to the year end episode of one of my favorite podcasts, The Friend Zone. As I was listening I found a piece of paper, and on it was this quote:
“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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
As soon I finished reading this, literally one of the hosts of the podcast said “No more playing small in 2016”. It felt like a sign. It could have just been coincidence, but it certainly felt true. Playing small had me out here playing myself. Just because i didn’t have all the things I needed or even wanted, didn’t mean i didn’t deserve them. And because who I am isn’t always received well, doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to be who I am. I’m under serving my potential, trying to fit in places I don’t belong. I have my own path that, more often than not, I’m too afraid to fully explore. What would happen if I didn’t deny my light? I had been preparing to take my art and myself seriously in 2016. This would mean I really had to bet on myself. And really, who was I not to?
Now, I seen this quote before, several times actually. However, I never knew the source. It’s from a book by Marriane Williamson entitled ‘A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles’. I haven’t read this book but apparently it became a New Times Best Seller as a result of an appearance the author made on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992. Twenty years later Marrianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey reunited to talk about the book on an episode of Super Soul Sunday. I found the interview compelling and I would encourage anyone reading this to watch it. Video Below.
Tell what you guys think. Has fear and playing small played a part in acualizing your goals? Let me know.