Greatness

Tell me if this doesn’t hit the nail on the head.. for your life,  for everything. Please read until the end… it’s a twist for moms.

“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, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

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.

We are 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.”                                            

–Marianne Williamson from her book “Reflections on the Principles of  ‘A Course in Miracles.’ “

I want you to take a minute, because we are going to work some mom whispering on that quote. Let it land and sink in to the truth of your own life…(No, seriously. Take 30 seconds…..)

Here’s my spin for us….

“Our deepest fear is not that we live in a cluttered house,

or that we can’t figure out how to connect to our kids,

or that we can’t juggle our busy lives. 

Our deepest fear is that we are more capable, brilliant, and confident than we ever thought. 

It is our light showing up as our hope, our perspective, our dreams,

not our darkness in fear, anxiety or anger, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to rock parenting,

enjoy abundant health,

 pull out my guitar or artist palette or camera,

or wear a black dress and go dancing?’

Actually, who are you not to?

You are a child of God.

Your numbing out,

accepting less from yourself

or disengaging

doesn’t serve your family, nor their impact in the world- or yours.

There’s nothing enlightened about choosing to be ignorant of

parenting, not confronting in love, or not holding others accountable for their actions so that they won’t feel insecure,

temporarily “hate you,”

or want to avoid you.

We are all meant to shine as moms, just as we want our children to.

We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some moms, it’s in us.

And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give our children, our partners, our friends,

permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear of not being enough

or doing enough,

our presence automatically liberates others

to know and believe

they are and do enough.”                                            

—Mom Whispered

® Version of Marianne Williamson’s quote.

Let’s promise this: we will make one tiny change to address one tiny thing from above. Let’s take one interaction with someone today – even if it’s the dog or cat- and change something to not play small… to be all in, fully engaged.

I think many of us would say we don’t care if we’re “great” or “amazing” or if God’s “glory” is manifest. We just want a little sanity, a little appreciation, a little peace.

But this quote is our path to that sanity. This is pointing our our fears, and our smallness and sending us due North to find our true center. As we live from that, and others begin to trust it, they will respond. They will. And in that shift, we will find our sanity, appreciation, and peace.

Pinky promise.

Vikki