Being involved in a leadership development organization allows me the opportunity to utilize otherwise wasted time to invest in my self-directed education. Let’s face it, we all lead busy lives. I inventoried the time I have in a 24 hour period & determined where I could cut activities out which do not get me closer to my goals. I love listening to music. Pandora is currently playing my favorite genre selections of ’80’s, soft rock, country & instrumental right now. In the morning while getting ready for work was time I could carve music out of my routine & plug into some amazing teaching CD’s. This time, along with traffic time, is dedicated to feeding my psyche & not my emotions. Over the past 6 years I have been educated in areas including politics, economics, relationships, finances, leadership, living my dash & leaving a legacy. If you would’ve told me 10 years ago I’d be comfortable enjoying a conversation about economics with anyone, I’d have to question what substance you’d been on! Seriously, certain (most) subjects were met with rolled eyes & fell on deaf ears. The only thing that changed where I was then & who I am now is associating with people hungry to learn, grow, change & make a difference in the world. I became a hungry student & love the quote, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
This morning I was listening to a CD & this comment caught my attention.
“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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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.” — Marianne Williamson
While all of it was brilliant, the one sentence that burned in my spirit was, “Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” WOW! When we buy self-sabotaging excuses daily, who does it serve? I’m fat! I’m single! I’m middle class! I’m not popular! I’m……insert your excuse here……. WHAT? What could possibly carry any weight against the paragraph above? Nothing! All of these excuses can be converted to empower yourself & others.
I invite you to join me & others in taking the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge. Locating where you are, where you want to be & what it takes to get there is a vital step in the right direction. Self evaluation is a critical & often an overlooked or avoided test we should all take at different life intervals.
I recently watched the movie, The Help & adore one of the lines, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”