Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Mental Snack (31)

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"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." ~  Marianne Williamson

Do you think she has a point? We are scared of what we can accomplish and that is why we don't go beyond our capabilities? Do we create our own obstacles? Do you think the brighter side of a person should be more feared? Or their darker side? 


The Words Crafter said...

I believe there's a tremendous amount of truth in these words, because: JanieSue over here finally succeeds, in a massive way. She gets a book published and it hits NY Time's bestseller list and climbs to number 1. She gets a contract and a signing fee of a million dollars. Part of that contract says she has to tour and sign; pictures of her are all over. There's talk about a movie. Okay? She's crazy busy and likely under a lot of pressure.

Enter friends, possible co-workers, people who barely know her/don't like her, whatever. She's going to have little time to herself, at least the first go around. People are going to feel left behind or forgotten. Some people will thinks she's gotten too big for herself. People will become jealous, angry, and outspoken. Some will bring up old news of failures, mistakes, bad decisions. A few might even try to tear her down publicly.

For these reasons, many people fear success. They also may fear, inwardly, that they don't deserve it and their success is spoiled by the waiting for something to come along and take it away. Make sense?

Just a couple examples off the top of my head...

Anonymous said...

i tink dat da brightur side is moar dangerus cuz dey cud blind u wif der britenez.

but like da darkur side is kinduh scaree cuz u cant c anee-ting.

so yah. both r dangerus n i dun liek em but da darkur side iz moar powaful.

notesfromnadir said...

This is a beautiful quote to put up & reflect upon. I fully agree that we create our own obstacles, so we also have the ability to create our own ways to navigate around them.

Light always dispels darkness. And most people are attracted to the light & if we emanate light so we'll attract those who want to be in a well lit environment!

Terresa said...

We create our own obstacles, yes. Sometimes, more often than we intend...Love the quote, though. It grows on me with each reading of it.

PS: Your "anon" comment someone left is, umm, weird...

PPS: Vatche, in case you didn't know, I'm hosting a blog giveaway this week, including a Grammar Guide book!! Here's the link:

Anonymous said...

I definitely think there's a lot of truth to what she's saying but I myself don't fall under that category. We all deserve greatness if we are capable, otherwise, why would we be capable?

arlee bird said...

The darker side is certainly more to be feared. What she says here I would agree with on some days and disagree at other times. She is stating in a rather pretentious style what Joel Osteen preaches except Joel Osteen is more fun to listen to.

Tossing It Out

Tsionah N said...

I've always enjoyed this quote. Thanks for sharing it on here! I agree to a certain extent. I believe that it depends on the person. Some people truly do believe that they are inadequate... while others, as stated, fear their greatness.

Personally, I believe that I get afraid of my own drive to succeed because I'm afraid that in the end, I will fail. So I suppose that entails a bit of greatness and inadequacy, which simply makes me human.

I'm not sure if that made any sense at all, but I tried :-)

Lynda Young said...

Love arlee's comment.

Love this quote. It makes me think (hear those old cogs turning?)

Fear of failure/fear of responsibility/success etc. Fear is fear in whatever flavour it comes in and it will only hold us back.

Vatche said...

Hey, The Words Crafter! I'm always glad to see your comment! :D

What a great example of a person's light shining too brightly! Success is something we shouldn't fear though, because of the things it might cause in our relationships. We must remember to at least try and please everyone in our lives. And if not everyone in our lives, at least majority should be happy. Sure, people get jealous of other's success and whatnot, but that's human nature, isn't it?

She shouldn't forget about those that cheered her on in the beginning. She shouldn't forget anybody, really. She should remember all those that have influenced her in becoming the famous writer that she became. At least, that's my opinion.

Write on, shine your light and don't forget anyone in your life!

Vatche said...

Hello, Anonymous, or should I say Mel?

Yes, Mel wanted to play a joke on my blog, but she's right about one thing and that is that both darkness and light can be seen as dangerous things.

Write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, notesfromnadir! Thank you for liking this quote, it was actually introduced to me a few weeks ago at my orientation in UCI.

I also agree that we create our own obstacle. We stop ourselves from progressing, but we shouldn't put any more limitations on what we can and cannot do. Just do it!

You're also right about people liking the light and coming closer to it, but at times the light can be dangerous too. You never know until you see what's emitting that light.

So, don't be afraid of the light, but be wary of it and write on!

Vatche said...

Terresa! Thank you for your lovely comment.

Yes, I know about the weird comment left by my friend Anonymous *cough cough really Mel O. Dramatic.*

The quote also grows on me, like most things after rereading them over and over. After rereading it so many times, I see a different shade of it, a different thought, a different question that boggles my mind.

Also, for the giveaway thing, I don't have time to participate really. I would love, too, but I've been busy with a lot of things lately. If no one wins the grammar book, send it my way though because I wouldn't mind!

Write on and shine your lights brightly!

Vatche said...

Hey, Amanda, I can see what you're thinking.

The idea that if we are capable of greatness, why not accept it and bask in it. Probably because of modesty and being humble though, people wouldn't want to bask too much in their own glory, at least, that's what I think. But one should take pride in his/her accomplishments. So, there's a lot of thinking going on.

Should I or should I not take pride in my accomplishments?

Write on and thanks for the beta reading!

Vatche said...

Hey, arlee bird! I started to follow your blog and hope to check it out soon! :)

As for the darker side to be feared, I think that might be a common misconception, because I believe that both can equally be feared and that both are dangerous. But you're right that a person can favor one over the other depending on their moods on different days.

I haven't heard of Joel Olsteen, but I'll definitely check him out.

Write on!

Vatche said...

I agree, Tsionah N, that some do fear their greatness and others feel inadequate at times.

I'm also a person who is afraid that after everything I've done that I will fail regardless of the obstacles I've come over. I think that the final obstacle will never be conquered. However, you're right and that makes us human! It makes perfect sense, so don't doubt yourself.

Write on and fight those obstacles!

Vatche said...

Hello, Lynda!

Oh, how I love to make people think! The sound of those cogs turning is music to my ears. And you're right that fear is fear and it is the only thing holding us back from really accomplishing anything. "There is nothing to fear, but fear itself."

Write on and don't be afraid of anything!

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