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Isn’t it interesting how two good ideas can stand in opposition to one another? 🙂
I lean toward Marianne Williamson’s assertion:
“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.”
—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.
what do you think? Noble or divine?
Good question! When I hear noble, I think of the ultimate authenticy — being true to my highest ideals. So noble or divine? I’d have to say . . . divine nobility! 🙂
I’m especially moved by, “Your playing small does not serve the world.” It’s the perfect precursor to reading my all-time favorite “get up and be you” rally — “The Artist’s Life” chapter in THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield, a book you introduced me to a few years ago. I reread it this at least once a week:
“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.
Do it or don’t do it.
It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you no only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.
You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.
Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you got.”
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