“Shine on, shine on
And let the others see
You’ve got your victory”
~ “Shine On” by NEEDTOBREATHE
This is one of my favorite lyrics by NEEDTOBREATHE because it is a reminder that we all have a light to shine, we’ve all overcome something in our lives, and our light can inspire others. But sometimes, we are so afraid to succeed at what we do, that we might say the wrong thing, that someone will tear us down. I like this quote (I’ve used it several times before, but I really like it) by Marianne Williamson (Nelson Mandala actually took this quote from her…)
“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 fabulous?” Actually who are you to not 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 were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
So shine on. Be brilliant. Be liberated from your fear. Inspire others. Let them see that YOU have got your victory, and so can they.