i am Nelson Mandela
February 26, 2016 — 12:35am CST
Here am i
This is me.
I am a son of the most high GOD.
Mighty and strong.
Scared and insecure.
Strong and mighty
All of the above.
A divine dichotomy.
the honest life
the tension of humanity
the reality of live on planet earth
Everything is crazy right now.
politics, world issues, famine, feasts
What to make of it all?
The more I ask questions, the more questions arise.
Here am I
Hear me now
“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small dose not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking back so that people won’t feel insecure around you. 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 all of us. And when 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.”
— Nelson Mandela (quoting Marianne Williamson)
This quote appeared in yesterdays blog and deserves another thought. It is one of my life quotes. One that has been with me for years. I remember putting it on my myspace back in the day. It encompasses the tension of fear, freedom, identity, light, and darkness.
It is a statement of IDENTITY.
I believe, with everything within me, that each and every human being has intrinsic value. Each one of us is of value and has something of value to share with the world.
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking back so that people won’t feel insecure around you.”
How true is it?!?!
The battle of HUMILITY. Yes, this can be misinterpreted to mean – be a jerk and do whatever you want – that is not the point here at all. I wrestled through the idea of humility a few years back and came to the conclusion that humility = being real. Humility is owning who you are. Owning your self and being the most true self that you have to share with the world.
True humility is accepting a compliment.
It is being confident.
It is standing tall.
It is not shrinking back, even if you are the tallest person in the room.
I met a lady in the TSA security line at the airport a while back. She was tall, like towering over me tall. She caught my eye and the thing was, she was proudly wearing heels. I was just drawn to this lady. She was standing tall in the frame that the Creator gave her. I said, “thank you for not shrinking back.” She smiled and we shared some pleasantries. I was encouraged by that woman, who did not shrink back to make others feel better.
“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
Don’t shrink back.
Put on some heels.
Stand up taller.
Open your mouth, share your voice.
Paint that picture.
Take that photo.
Write that blog.
Tell your kids you love them.
Pursue that dream deep within you.
Stop holding back, with your false humility. It is time to share who you are once again with the world around you.
“And when 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.”
*2:29am CTS – the creative process is not perfect… sometimes you stay up late every day for a month… but the beautiful think is you do it and make it happen and the art grows.
**SIDE NOTE — I was at this big education event today and they shared this quote from the stage… I thought I had to share it again!!!
***workout update…. one 20 min walk?!?! It’s been a crazy week!!