I love great quotes. I have them all over my house, they fill up my journals, and I even have my own quote book that is now 39 pages long. Eventually I would like to publish this book so that others may find inspiration in the wise words of so many incredible people. At the bottom of this post, I’ve written out one of my all time favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson. It was a true honor to actually meet Marianne this year at the WOMEN ARE event in Los Angeles. She was absolutely delightful, and after meeting her in person, I love this quote even more.
Why do I love it so much? Because it calls us to our power. It invites us to check our excuses at the door, leave our fears behind, and step into our full capacity as agents of positive change. It invites us to dig deep to authentically become who we are meant to be in the world. I think for women in particular, we are afraid of being powerful, and this is something we need to get over, and get over fast. What will help is to reframe the word power; to define the use of power as power to and not power over (thank you Gloria Feldt). Power over is yesterday’s news; power to is of the now. So often I tell my daughter to not step away from being all she can be, and I have to frequently remind myself that this is also advice for me. I hope and pray that 2014 will be the year that we all move closer to becoming our best selves, and let us support one another in doing so.
“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and 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 within us. It is not just in some, it is 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 fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson