A Facebook friend recently posted the thought-provoking question “What can you do today that you weren’t capable of 12 months ago?”.
As we approach year end, it is a good time to slow down, take stock and reflect on the year just gone. It is very common for us to downplay our talents and achievements, being overly modest and often fretting over the things we haven’t got quite right, whilst overlooking the fact that we had a go at something. As we look ahead at 2015, it’s worth recognising this and perhaps resolving to be kinder to ourselves in future.
Whether we have learnt something technical, or perhaps enough of a new language to get by on holiday, or we’ve grown our first tomatoes, knitted our first scarf, or overcome our shyness to join a book club, we have actually grown ourselves, maybe a little, maybe a lot. We praise others’ achievements, so why not our own? Let’s celebrate both the small and the big wins of our lives. (“Yay me!”)
We all have a huge amount of potential within us, often lying dormant, waiting for that spark of inspiration to ignite some action on our part. Often we lack confidence or are afraid to make that all-important first step. Often we fail to believe that what we can offer the world is actually very precious.
I love the following quote. It encourages us to be the best that we can, and in so doing encourage others to do the same.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson from “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”
“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.”
Let us believe in ourselves and the part we play in this world of ours, whether it is within our family, community or the world at large. We all have a unique light to shine, which can brighten up our own life as well as those around us. As the above quote says, by doing so, we encourage others to do the same!! Earl Nightingale summed this up beautifully when he said “A candle is not diminished by giving another candle light.”
Let’s make 2015 a bright shiny year, full of new experiences and adventures, experimenting with new ideas and things we’ve always wanted to try, and not forgetting to celebrate with mini “Yays” and big “Yays” along the way!!
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