Archive for September, 2012

Powerful Beyond Measure

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Bright Moments

 

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?

. . . Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine . . . .

Excerpts from A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson

 

Surely you’ve had that quiet conversation with yourself that says, I am capable of so much more than this. I have abilities I haven’t tested and opportunities I haven’t pursued. Why haven’t I gotten myself to just do it?

Most of us entertain the question for a moment, think of some random excuse – as sad as it may be – and move on to the next distraction that grabs our attention. If you wrestle with the question for a while, though, some interesting realizations often peek through. You see a mental flash of yourself in a larger arena – and then quickly erase the picture. You sense the responsibilities that come with your greatness then retreat from them in instantaneous overwhelm. You envision the grandeur of your spotlight then withdraw so you won’t be exposed as a fraud. The sheer possibility of your brilliance scares you. You create obstacles to throw in your own way, not so that you will stumble, but so that you won’t venture down the path at all. You play small.

What an incredible loss. There’s a child who quietly watches you because he admires you so much. He’ll not know that he can be greater than he is because he’ll never see you expand your wings. There’s a co-worker who wants to break the mold, but sees in you that it’s not safe to try. There’s a community organization that just needs a moment of your example to rally its troops, but you’ve never fully stepped in to lead your own. There’s a company whose next breakthrough idea is yours, but it remains uncomfortably confined to your brain.

You were made to shine. What will it take to raise your chest, your chin and your eyes? What do you need to stand tall, think big and execute exquisitely? What will you do to stun yourself with the power and capability you possess?

You need to decide. Your time is now.