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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.


This article arrived in my inbox this morning from Tom Murasso

What a great way to start the day! Arohanui x

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a
trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son
how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what
would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son,
“How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they
had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and
they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the
stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and
they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have
fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We
buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us; they have
friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor
we are.” (author unknown)

Too many times, we forget what we have and concentrate on
what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless
object is another person’s prize possession. And what is a
prized possession may pale in comparison to true wealth. It
is all based on one’s perspective.

Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks
for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about
wanting more. Take joy and appreciate every single thing
you have, especially your friends!

Abundance is there if we only notice it in
our lives. Then slowly, we change our mindset from lack and
limitation to unlimited.

Its been a while since I wrote in here. I’m really good at writing all over the place on pieces of paper, in a book, paint on rock, but to make a conscious effort to send some thoughts out into cyberspace is different …I will make time in amongst all the other things that occupy my day. But when I think about it, everything that I do has a purpose in my day. It is all contributing to the bigger vision of a better world for all. When I hold that thought, I know I am on the right track and all the effort is worthwhile…

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