Living Small Does not Serve You or the World

decembrie 5, 2017 | Autor: | Posted in Fără categorie

I received a special gift from a friend a few years ago. It was a framed speech delivered by Nelson Mandela at his Inauguration in 1994. I've learned since that Ann Ann Williamson originally wrote it, but evidently Mandela like the piece so well he used it too. As with other unique sayings, I have it displayed in prominently my home where I can read it often. I would like to quote the entire speech because it is a wonderful expression of a life philosophy.

"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 frigtens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God; your playing small does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people will not feel insecure around you.

We are 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. "

As I have read this quotation over and over in years past, one phrase seems to stand out for me: "Your are a child of God, your playing small does not serve the world. feel insecure around you. "

Many people keep themselves small on purpose. I can look back on my life and see times when I did this; it never served me well. I took this way, as the quote stipulates, so that others would not feel insecure around me. But in the long run, I found it was me getting the short end of the stick, because I was not being true to my own ultimate goals.

To live a life without limits is more than most of us can imagine. And frankly, it scares us to be "powerful beyond measure." But, what would your life be like if you stepped out of the crowd and did it your way, to allow yourself to see your own true potential and reach for it without fear? So few of us do it, but we all dream about, do not we?

The US Army had the perfect advertising campaign slogan a few years ago: "Be All You Can Be." Until recently, I do not know if I really understand this statement clearly. And if asked, I do not think most people would say they do either.

To take a chance, to see if you can really make a mark and achieve something spectacular is out of the realm of possibility for a lot of people. I do not know if it's because we have so many choices in America that we never become the masters of something, or if time passes, suddenly you're older, mid-thirties say, and still searching for "what are you gonna be when you grow up? "

It is truly lamentable that we set so low of a standard for ourselves. Granted, there are those who have circumstances that do not allow them to excel, but outside of those individuals how many us take up the challenge to be in some way "brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous"?

We never know what we are capable of until we try. If you never give into the fear you might just find out.

When you look at the man giving this speech, Nelson Mandela, the words become even more enlightening. The triumphs of this man are legendary and admirable to say the least. But, his words speak to all people everywhere.

He lived the line: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." What a role model he has become. To live your convictions, to speak your mind and take a responsible stand for greatness is conceivable and he proved it.

Mediocrity has risen to new heights because there is no high standard to shoot for. Quality in the work place and in schools is at an all time low, because such low standards have become acceptable. Sorry, but to me that's unacceptable.

Do not agree to it anymore, liberate yourself from your fears and make your presence known. Show others how well something can be done, and find satisfaction in it. You will walk a little taller, you'll smile more often because you took pride in what you've accomplished, and because of it, you will continue to grow.

"We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's hard to read that line and not feel the down deep growling of desire to be what you are capable of; to fight the good fight and struggle to actually become one of those dreams you had as a child when everything seemed possible.

We hear "you can not do that" so much in our lifetimes that sadly, we come to believe it. Re-capture that lost childhood incentive to be somebody and do not let go of it.

Life really is too short not to try at any age to accomplish a personal goal. Maybe it's just learning to play the piano, flyfishing, writing a book, photography, painting in watercolors, or being the best father or mother that you can be. You do not have to be a Nelson Mandela or a Mary Anne Williamson to effect change, just pick something small to start with and do it.

In the end, it's just one man's opinion, mine.

Source by Keith Renninson


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