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Thursday, February 16, 2006

fave poem by marianne williamson

Last night I was lucky enough to speak at the first DC Ladies Who Launch Speaker Series, along with another featured lady of Ladies Who Launch, and the DC Daily Candy writer. The audience was filled with amazing entrerpreneurial women and women with dreams of entrepreneurship. I shared how building a business is similar to the bell curve of a yoga class with the intial centering stage, into warm-up, on to heavy flow, down to finishing poses, and ending with final relaxation. The speech ended with this fave poem by Marianne Williamson. May this serve as inspiration for you to continue shining brightly!

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
won't feel insecure about you. We are all meant to shine,
as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God
that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

So 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.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful poem. I have been searching for courage to "sprout my wings", and lately have become frozen in fear of shining and tooting my own horn. It is God whom I wish to glorify. Thank you so much for sharing this.