I was talking to a nice lady today, a very concerned and loving parent, caring wife – the foundation stone of her home, and she was telling me about her problems. During the course of our talk, I realized that she actually just wanted to sound off her problems and did not want any solutions. She was afraid to have nothing to complain about or was afraid that if everything worked well, she would be redundant. It reminded me of a poem by Marianne Williamson
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OUR DEEPEST FEAR
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
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.