Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Favorite Quote

When I was in high school, I taped a big sheet of paper to the side of my bookcase and used it to keep track of my favorite quotes. I have messy handwriting, and I scrawled the quotes with my Pentel markers, so it was not exactly a thing of beauty. But hey, it made me happy and it was a budget-friendly decoration for a teenager.

I don't have a Quote Wall anymore, but I still love me a good quote. This has been my favorite for many months now:

“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.”

----from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

What a beautiful thought! I have never read A Return to Love, but this quote is so inspiring, maybe I should put it on my To Read List for 2013.