“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
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.
Confession: I have played with the formatting and introduced enjambment above.
My response to her writing:
I want to say thank you for teaching me
That it is okay to be me
For there’s no point in trying to be someone else
When I should just learn to be myself
So thank you Marianne
For teaching me I can
For encouraging me to take centre stage
Whatever my age
So when I take that final call
I will know I gave life my all
© Michelle Sherlock 21/2/15
Writing in response to Writing 201 Poetry Challenge: Quote someone who inspires you