Tell her to let her light shine!

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.” —-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

This poem is posted outside my 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom door.  All my girls have it, framed and displayed somewhere.  She decided to put it outside her room.

I have been moved by the message ever since I first heard it and wanted to share it with everyone.  I started with my girls.

It is such a powerful message, because it affirms that we all, everyone, comes here with gifts, talents and abilities.  It’s not just reserved for some privileged group, we all have it.  It’s up to each of us to discover what that “it” is.

I tell my girls not to let other’s insecurities dim their light.  Don’t lower your standards because other’s don’t want to raise theirs.

When they are feeling defeated, we visit this poem to remind them who they are and inspire them to always be that way.

Here’s to raising powerful girls, let their light shine.

How do you promote individuality in your children?  Let me know.


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