Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Do Not Grow Weary in Well-Doing

I was a bit discouraged earlier. I started my day as usual working on my Myspace campaign, doing the obligatory thank yous- because really no one has to add, so why not be courteous about it. During the course of this action, I ran across a quote that I really like: -------------"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 doesn't 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, as children do... It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." (Marianne Williamson, author, from A Return To Love, 1992.) I like it, because it rings so true to me. I have always known that I was meant to do great things, but I would shrink back for the sake of others. I have to stop doing that because if you do it too long you begin to believe that you are just meant to be right where you are, and you start saying things like "It is what it is" - I say that way too much.

Thing is, my little project (Myspace) has not been moving along at the pace I would like for it to. And now I have been commissioned with another assignment- to work on a Life Plan. Which really is great, because we could all use a little direction when figuring out where to go in life. My problem here, well it asks me to list my strengths, and I honestly couldn't think of one. That statement is contradiction though. I could think of plenty, but then when I started to measure myself against someone else, I didn't feel as strongly about it being a strength as I had previously. So there I go shrinking back and measuring myself against someone else. Not a good idea, because then you begin to overlook the things that are uniquely you, that no one else can lend to the world around and your light starts to fade. You become dull and lackluster, because you made a person in this world your measuring stick.

Dylan Thomas wrote "Do not go gentle into that good night..." I say the same, Do not go gentle into that good night, shine your light as brightly as you can, work as diligently as possible and conquer all your obstacles because you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and only death can stop you from achieving what you have truly set your heart to do..