Thinking about today’s prompt reminded me of Marianne Williamson’s quote from A Return to Love.
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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and
as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
So often we ignore the needs of our own heart in deference to the wants and needs of others. Our society values an appearance of self-sacrifice while punishing people for actually taking care of their own needs. There is nothing shameful or immoral about self-care. If we actually loved ourselves as much as we say we love others, we’d realize how much power we actually possess.
Women are conditioned to suppress and deny our power. When we awaken to our strength and begin to use it, many will try to stop us, shut us up, or shut us down. Standing up for ourselves is merely an acknowledgement of the truth. We are worthy of decency and respect. People who choose to manipulate and lie to us are not doing us any favors. We need more honesty. By embracing the truth about ourselves we become stronger.
Tonight I have listened to new friends share stories about their treatment at the hands of people who tried to hide their truth because it was more convenient and comfortable to embrace the lie. Doctors and bosses tried to make Migraine go away by punishing its victims. But my new friends did not believe the lies. They fought back, stood up for the truth about themselves and Migraine.
They are strong, powerful, beautiful women.
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