I've had some big discussions with students lately; many of the discussions have been focused around the choices they are making and how those choices are affecting themselves, their families, and those they love. One conversation in particular led me to think of this quote from Marianne Williamson (from her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles).
I have had this quote hanging in my classroom ever since I first heard part of it in Akeelah and the Bee; these words are powerful and I believe that they are relevant not just to my struggling students, but to all of us who doubt our effectiveness and the reach of our impact.
"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 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.”
There are days when I need to be reminded of the power that I have in my own life and in my world. Today is one of those days.
Have a beautiful day, friends.