Most people will expect an article on God or something similar based on the title, however this is more of a reflective article; an article which aims to summarise two key things that I have learnt from the summer.
This summer has not been the best by any means. Unanswered questions about people in my life, not knowing the next step after University and the general difficulties a person faces when they feel that they are contained within a cycle of inaction and mental stagnation.
The situation this summer can be likened to the hopelessness felt by a reader who cannot read, a writer losing his pen, a swimmer losing an arm…
I’m just creating excuses now aren’t I? Amidst of not searching for solutions, there have been remarkable things occurring around me this summer and unfortunately, I let the darkness consume me before I even bothered to look for matches for a candle.
The fact is, there are swimmers out there swimming without an arm, a leg or both. There are incredible 100m runners running without legs. There ARE people who lose that pen but when they do, they relentlessly search for another pen so that they can continue to write their life story.
The London Olympics 2012 showcased the talented athletes who continue to strive forward and remain passionate about life even after losing an arm or a leg. This got me thinking. I actually have all my body parts. I have a fully functioning mind which can dream. Most of us are blessed to this extent and yet most of us do not realise our full potential because we’re scared and do not value ourselves enough, even though there is no need for low self-esteem because;
As Marianne Williamson once said:
“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’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other 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 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.”
~In other words, we must stop the fear of the unknown greatness of our talents.~