You Were Meant to Shine

556503_10202060108168904_1378981973_n(Picture inspired by Jon Acuff’s “Fear is a Liar” advice and the finger flashlight we received at the conference.)

“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 does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

I saw this quote earlier this month at the Start Conference. Comedian, John Crist shared it at the end of his talk. On a side note, if you have not yet been introduced to this funny guy, I encourage you to check some of his videos out. The man’s got a gift.  Here’s one clip that had me laughing yesterday.

Obviously, the quote above wasn’t meant to have us all in stitches.  John was sharing with us his journey of starting and those words have encouraged him and have helped to move him forward.  I can see why.

“We are all meant to shine.”

I can’t hear that phrase without thinking of my mom. When I was a child, this was the advice I can remember her repeating to me most often,  “Remember to be salt and light. I’ve shared on this blog before how I even found a post-it note (with those words on it) hidden in my suitcase while I was away on a class trip.

Those words have left an impact on me.  So much so that before my son jumps out of the car and heads into his school, I find myself giving him the same advice.  Remember to be salt and light.

I was out on my run the other day and these verses to one of my favorite songs wrapped around my heart again.

So lift your voice just one more time
If there’s any hope may it be a sign
That everything was made to shine
Despite what you can see

I’m not sure what you are going through today, but I hope you know that you were meant to shine.

Keep going.

6 thoughts on “You Were Meant to Shine

  1. Laura Robb

    “We are all meant to shine.” & “Remember to be salt and light.”

    Love these reminders, Eileen. I meant to comment yesterday after I read your post. I woke up to a rough day. Nothing particular happened, but I struggled to shine. Thankfully each day is new!

    1. Eileen Post author

      I’ve had those mornings too, Laura. It really does have so much to do with choosing our approach despite how we might currently be feeling.


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