A very deeply moving verse (for me) was part of a movie I was watching on a road trip home from a corporate event. The movie was ‘Coach Carter’ (2005). In this film, a basketball team reads their coach the following verse:
“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 frighten 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.”
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
That verse has stuck with me all these years. It has moved me to be my best and to hold my head up high, regardless of the challenges. You see, I was born with birth defects from a condition known as Amniotic Band Syndrome. I am so thankful to be alive as it is a major cause of stillbirths and miscarriages in the world today. I have had many surgeries and have very noticeable differences from many adults (thankfully they are all cosmetic). Regardless, my family, friends, and mentors (reinforced by the above verse) have made me believe that I can do anything I choose to, with the pride and honor of being a successful woman.
Success. That word means so many different things. It’s not just wealth, but it is how rich you feel within yourself. It’s not just status, but it is the power that comes from within. It is NOT “playing small”, but being as big as life itself, in the eyes of the children and people I am a leader and role model too. It is being confident in knowing that the world is yours for the taking.
Am I brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? No, but if any ONE person in this world thinks I am ANY ONE of those things, then I am a success. The same should be true of you.
It doesn’t matter, as much, how other people view you. How we feel about ourselves is so crucially important. Let go of your fears, get out of your comfort zone and prove to the world that you are a force to be reckoned with. Your “playing small does not serve the world”, so go after your dreams and make them come true for you and your family.
Go Shine !!! And unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
By Deborah Raymond
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