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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 does not serve the world. There is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I watched Coach Carter last night on DVD (for the 3rd or 4th time!) and was reminded of a quote which was originally given by Marianne Williamson in her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles

Nowadays most people credit this quote to Nelson Mandela but Marianne Williamson’s book is where the quote originates. At the end of the day, what matters most is that people hear this quote and are inspired by its message.

I remember when we were young. Xmas was a time for whanau and friends to get together, share kai, share korero and reflect over the past year. Oh and then there were the presents!

But they weren’t the focus, and I’m really grateful that in my childhood and over the years I have learnt to value people.

I understand the importance of xmas for some people but I choose not to indulge in the extravagant spending that goes on at xmas. I see so many whanau feel obligated to buy gifts at xmas and then they suffer in the new year when they have to find the money again that they didn’t have to buy presents in the first place! Its like that!

If xmas is about giving gifts, then why not give the gift of aroha, the gift of love, the gift of manaakitanga – looking after and feeding another person. These are gifts that don’t cost a thing, that can be given and received freely and I guarantee that if given to a child all the years of their life, at every xmas, they will know about the importance of valuing and loving people and more importantly, they will grow up confident and will know who they are.

Ko Tarawera ko Matawhaura ko Taranaki nga maunga

Ko Tarawera ko Rotoiti ko Waitotoroa ko Matanehunehu nga awa

Ko Te Arawa, ko Kurahaupo nga waka

Ko Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao, ko Ngati Pikiao ko Taranaki nga iwi

Ko Joanne Harete Tito ahau.

Nga mihi nui, nga mihi aroha.

Kiaora and greetings!

Welcome to my space. Once I make myself familiar with how to run this site I will post more korero and news of what is happening in my world. In the meantime, do a google search for my name “Jo Tito” or “Joanne Tito” or “Oranga Whenua” to find out about my art and some of the things that I have been up to over the years…arohanui, Jo 🙂

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