The Call

In the words of Marianne Williamson: "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 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 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 12, 2012


We are reading a wonderful little book, "First You Have To Row A Little Boat - Reflections on Life and Living". 

Neither of us sail but it is not necessary in order to grasp the practical life wisdom of this prose. On this beautiful winter day I wanted to share a small snippet. 

"To change directions is a difficult tact at best, and we're doomed to failure, destined to become a prisoner of the wind, if we attempt it in an ineffectual way.

There's only one sure way to come about, and that is to gather momentum on the course we're on. As a youth, I applied that lesson narrowly to to the handling of my sloop, but with the passage of time I saw that it was a verity, as true for life on land as for life at sea. I might abhor the tack I was on - and I recall two memorable occasions when I did. Early in life, I deplored the college I was attending; later, I despised the job I held. But I had to stay with each long enough to gather wherewithal (decent grades in the first case, sufficient savings in the second) to carry myself through the eye of the wind. If I quit one or the other prematurely, I would founder and the wind would take over my life, blowing me in directions I had no desire to go.

I know another young man who casts constantly about, hopping from one job to another. He says he's trying to figure out where he fits in, what he wants to do with his life, and I sympathize with that goal in its entirety. But I notice that he never really gives himself a chance; the jobs he takes aren't the ones he selects; they're the ones he's forced to take because his rent is due, and so he's "in irons" all the time.

What's at stake is nothing less than personal autonomy - our capacity to empower ourselves so that we may choose the course of our life rather than have it chosen for us by others whose values may differ radically from our own. We may make a decision to go our own way, which is the only true way, but if we're caught without wind in our sails we'll find ourselves captive, doing the bidding of those we detest. And the tragedy is this: We may never give the gift, which is ourselves, to those we love or find out who we truly are."

Well, that is what we want to remember to think about every day. Are we on our path? or marching so someone else's drummer? Are we living our best life or letting our limiting beliefs get in the way? We wish you good pondering today!

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