The Transforming Power of Light
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.
This quote used to confuse me. I knew I was inadequate. I never met my high standards, or was smart enough or pretty enough in anything. My greatest fear was that I was truly as small and insignificant as I felt. Perhaps you’ve felt this way, too…
But I’ve learned several things that challenged that view:
When we can forgive ourselves for not being perfect, we offer ourselves kindness and generosity, which then extends to others.
Developing a personal vision of how we want to live in the world shows us a path forward that’s motivating because it’s meaningful.
And acknowledging that we don’t have to do this alone means we get the encouragement and feedback we need to see ourselves with honesty and further refine our efforts toward our vision.
All of these make us feel connected to the larger world and to something greater than ourselves.
It’s easier to settle for less and be less, and that’s a loss for everyone. The alternative is to be powerful. To make choices in how we see the world and our place in it. To give up more of our preconceived ideas and control, and become more vulnerable. To face our fears and still choose to be a light in the world.