Head First: The Quandary of Self-Determination

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Quandary of Self-Determination

"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 won't feel insecure around you.

We were all meant to shine as children... it is not just in some of us, it is 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."

6 comments:

Old Man said...

Right on man! I struggle with that all the time. I have so much in me that is better than what I do, but feel compelled to stay where I am to be safe while raising the kids. But, I am always peering over the edge into something beautiful.

Kc said...

Great thoughts Bro. I think it is necessary that we understand we are helpless without Him but equally, if not more so, important to know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Zeke said...

This little light of mine?
I'm gonna let it shine.

SocietyVs said...

I like the positivity of the blog - sweet. I guess we never think how good we can make things - and that's a worthwhile thought.

Kitty Cheng said...

Dorsey, you SHINE! Thanks for giving me permission to shine hte light which is given to me, and thanks for liberating me through this great thought!

Missy said...

This made me think about how I can get pretentious about the things I work so hard at and yet tend to minimalize the things I am naturally gifted with. Curious.

Is the rest of the book as thought-provoking?