"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.”
When Marianne Williamson famously quips that our "playing small" does not serve the world, it ought to shake us. How could it not? If we truly understood the narrowness of our vision juxtaposed with the scope of our potential as human beings it would have the potential to either motivate us to a higher plane of perception, or to steep us into a deep mire of nihilism.
I advocate balance.
Perspective is everything. We must understand our flaws and limitations as finite beings. We must understand that it is our natural state and disposition to care about ourselves only. This is human nature, and it ought to be studied vigorously, because to know one's own tendencies is part of becoming an empowered individual. We can't stop there however...
After we identify our weakness, after we identify our natural tendencies to selfishness, indolence, and lack of perspective, we must vigorously engage those tendencies much as an athlete engages his or her training.
Discipline and exercise are the mediums which lead us from weakness to strength. Do you think the Olympian was born the way he was? Do you believe the scholar simply attained her status by existing? We shy away from these things, these essential disciplines, because we intuitively know they are going to be attained through the crucible of hardship, and the idea of sustained discomfort frightens us. As human beings we allow ourselves tiny doses of discomfort to reassure ourselves that we are indeed growing, but our growth in these circumstances will be, at best, stunted.
What if we learned to dream as we were truly meant to dream?
What if we could envision ourselves being lifted out of the cage of limitations that we, and others, have continually constructed around us our entire lives?
What if our vision brought us close to the very stars we convince ourselves are out of our reach?
Would it be worth it? Would it be worth defying those who tell you that you won't succeed? Would it be worth brushing away those who ask you to settle in the comfort of mediocrity, the realms frequently tread by the masses?
Would you be willing to feel the pain of striving for the superhuman, simply to gain a taste of the ecstasy that is realization of our true, hidden nature?
Have you dared to dream boldly lately?
Or are you too afraid of the cost and allowing yourself to be defined by the accomplishments of the conformists.
Live free, and dream once again my friends...you can't get this moment back.