Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sunday Scribblings {New Year}

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"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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ 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 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 all of us. And when 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."
-Nelson Mandela


This year I will not be afraid. I will live like I am powerful and full of light. Like I am brilliant and like I am brimming with glory, about to overflow with magnificence. I will be one with God’s will. I will be less selfish and find the joy in serving others more fully.

Except when I don’t. And then I will stand up and dust myself off and try again.

16 comments:

Lucky Candice said...

Love the last line. Love love.

LC

rubyslippers said...

perfect. perfectly imperfect. ;)

DJPare said...

I could do without all the "god" stuff, but it certainly sounds like a wonderful way to head into the new year!

pink sky said...

as even stars fall from the sky, you keep on shining. beautiful messege :) happy 2008 to you.

Abby said...

I love that quote. And I'd definitely say you're a shiner!

susan said...

I love this quote I thought it was attributed to Marianne Williamson. It was used in the movie Akeelah and the Bee. Everytime I hear it, I am inspired. I wish you well in 2008.

Frances said...

When Mandela visited New York he was in the area my husband works in.
My husband saw him for just a moment, but he has never forgotten the "glow" that surrounds that man.
Have a wonderous New Year

jenica said...

totally digging the *god stuff* ;-D and i LOVE the last line. shine away!

yes, i feel like i can breathe again. new years can do that to you!

i'm happy to see your adorable apron's and to hear that even rachel ray can see your talent. ;-D beautiful!

barbara said...

I read once that Rumi said the winds of God's grace were always blowing, all we needed to do was raise our sails.

I believe you have raised yours!

Shelby said...

Britt--
It just hit me like a ton of bricks--you live in New Hampshire! For a political junkie like me (par for the course after living in DC) I was reading your poetic entry and all of a sudden thought, "I hope you voted!" Maybe I'm a bit crazed. ..

brittany said...

shelb--of course I voted! :) first thing in the morning before all the lines go huge. xo

tumblewords said...

Great post. I've always loved that quote - you sound like you've got lots of power and light -

Kara said...

Freakin word, dude. I hope to be one of the people that gets permission to do the same just by being close to you! You're awesome.

Red Seaglass said...

Shine on, freak monkey, shine on. {This is Brooke, of course...}

Wendy said...

I love that quote. Its all so true. And that sounds like such a much more noble resolution than my petty little ones.

Krista said...

Ooooh I just love you and think that you are all shiny and brilliant and stuff!! I could NOT be any LUCKIER or more BLESSED to have gotten you in my life. I love that you truly are pieces of me because how lucky am I to have you so dear? And I don't know if I could adore you any more than I already do... You librated powerful magnificent person you....

This may have been a little too much of a comment for the blog, but I am feeling it so I mind as well say it, right? I's all about being liberated anyway...