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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Playing Small" - Damaris

“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.”
~Nelson Mandela
One of my favorite bloggers had a portion of this quote on his blog.

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

It has always stood out to me.
I. freaking. love. it.
My Peanut and I talked about this and other topics for nearly an hour yesterday , as we got her ready for church camp.
[photo from this morning]
[with undoubtedly the freaking coolest bag at camp-thanks PRR!]
She is one week away from her 12th birthday and let me say . . . .things are changing way too fast around our home. The conversations are much more serious, which is hard when she has a mom that's a tiny bit sarcastic.
I'm used to questions like:
* Would you rather eat a scab salad or blister juice?
* Would you rather be set on fire or freeze to death?
* Why can't I invite who I want to my party?
* Would you rather have a dog with diarrhea or a dog that throws up?
I'm NOT used to these ones:
* Why are girls so mean to each other?
* Can I shave?
* Why do people say untrue things about each other?
* Why don't people worry more about their own business?
* Why do you have to read all my texts?
We hit on some super random topics.
Everything from friends, to zit cream ,to truly being happy. But one thing is for sure - - - this girl of mine - - there's no stopping her. Not exactly sure where she found her self-esteem but it freaking rocks.
i. am. taking. notes. from. her.
Too often we allow ourselves to feel inadequate and afraid of letting our lights shine in fear that we may fail..and fail miserably...in front of what may feel like the whole world.
worst. mistake. ever.
Yes, I have a ever growing list of "to-do's", "must do's" and "freaking will do without a question" in life. I may fail once, or four times while trying but I will do them.
no. question.
*And to "savruns" who sent me the SNA {sooooo not awesome}email last week.*
I [not sarcastically] thank you.
I take being a "freak" as a HUGE FREAKING compliment.
So how are you "playing big" in life today?

15 comments:

Quinton J said...

Wow. Thank you.

Quinton J said...

...and i really loved this post...and always love you and your blog.

Missy said...

Great Post!
Make the kids stop growing! Please.
Not ready, not ready! Ahhh.
If you dream big, you'll probably have to look fear and doubt in the face everyday and show them who's boss.
Keep being a freak. You make it look good!, ;-)

Canuck Mom said...

Great post!! I am kind of a "freak" too. I do not do drama or mean talk. I have fallen into that trap in the past and hated myself for it. So now I teach my daughter never to be that way. To respect everyone, even those who may be mean to her. We all have our inner struggles. My daughter is 10 1/2 and the questions are changing in our house too, but I am enjoying those long conversations. It is amazing how young the dram starts and the mean talk. I prefer being my own person and not fitting in the crowd and I try to teach my daughter to do the same. Freak is the new "cool".:)

pensive pumpkin said...

If there's one thing in this world I love, it's letting the freak flag fly.

Christie said...

I wish I would have embraced the inner freak sooner in life... things would have been SO much easier:) Great post lady.

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