Forgot I wanted to post this sent to me by a friend. Both quotes are by Marianne Williamson. Please read through all the way even if you are not a believer so I can ask you a question.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?(my highlight) We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear in 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 enlightening about shrinking
so that other people won't feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
As we let our own Light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
So even if you don't believe in God, can you deny the power that would energize your life if you lived as if other people needed your example to live by? What if you wanted to be a motivator to everyone who came in contact with you? WHAT IF people wanted to be like you?!
This is one of the most inspirational things I've ever read. I cannot fully put into words how it reachs me inside but I truly wish I had read it years ago. Who knows though, I might not have appreciated it then.