"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 is not just in some of us; 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 own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
A Return To Love - Marianne Williamson
This year, I can feel that I will continue to grow, and stretch, beyond my previously held limitations, and, sometimes, the prospect of this feels a bit overwhelming. However, this quote always brings me comfort, and perspective, when reflecting on this on-going process. I'm instantly reminded that I am not alone and that we are all meant to be the best possible version of ourselves. It also reminds me that, if we get out of our own way, amazing growth is possible. I hope these words bring you inspiration, comfort and hope for your growth in the New Year, too. Happy New Year!