This is a quote I include in class packets when I teach. I've typed it up and framed it for gifts, and have it posted in my office so that I remember it. I'm from the generation where children were "seen and not heard," and where even good, loving parents taught you to keep a low profile, to not aim too high, in the interest of minimizing life's disappointments.
Well, I've discovered on my own that life works best when you put everything you have into it, heart wide open, fearless, and aim so high the Hubble Telescope can spot you. These words should carry all of us into 2014.
From Nelson Mandela:
"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, whom 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 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 unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."