A couple of years ago I sought out the advice and counsel of a woman who had successfully published a book and was clearly in her groove professionally. She gave me some great feedback, including what publishers look for in a proposal and writer. One comment that has stuck with me is that she saw me as "playing small." I can even remember hearing the frustration in her voice - it seemed to REALLY annoy her. When I came across this sign in a shop in Portsmouth, I thought it would be a good image to snap, a good image to reflect upon. I know I dream big, but from this encounter with the author, it was clear that I wasn't dreaming all that big and I certainly haven't been living large. I definitely have been holding back and doing so for so long that I'm not sure I even know how to live large.
I found this quote from Marianne Williamson's book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
“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.”
So how are you playing? How are you living? What can you do today that shines your own bright light?
Kathryn, Collage Diva