Do Bold Things

April 6th, 2009 | by admin |

Yesterday I watched on TV as a young teenager afflicted with cerebral palsy stood on stage and delivered a powerful piece of def poetry. She said in her introduction that she represented three minorities – she was a woman, she was an African American and she was a person with a disability.

Her words stayed with me long after the program was over.  Sometimes being part of an ‘under represented’ group (and there are many) can make you feel like you may need to hold back.  Single mom, young teacher, new hire – even these can be so called ‘under represented groups’. Sometimes it is not necessarily the voices of the majority but the voices of the minority that keep you where you are. Or maybe it is even your own voice.

I’d like to share some words from a poster that used to hang up on my wall when I was a frosh in college (that’s what they call freshmen in Canada :) It’s been a long time since I’ve read something this ‘sentimental’ as my friend likes to call it. But I found it recently and thought it was worth sharing…

“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 doesn’t 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 that is within us. It is not 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 fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson

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