My Favorite Quote

My Favorite Quote

“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.”—Maryanne Williamson

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Ch. 7, Section 3 (1992)

When I discovered this poem, I immediately incorporated it into the “first day of school” lessons for my students. Later when the quote resurfaced in popular movies, my students easily identified education with entertainment. These lines however, serve as an affirmation for how I want to live my life; the type of affect I would like to see in others. The second line of this quote was initially my favorite, but the more I came across people who were afraid to show their intelligence or talent based on what others may say or think, I realized that I suffered from that “fear syndrome” at one time myself. This quote reminds me that being myself is okay, being regular is okay, but being amazing is what God intended for all of His children not just a talented tenth. So again:  “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” Go be amazing!

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  1. “The thou craveth wait in the distance wrapped in silence unseen and dumb. Essential to thy sou and thy existence, live worthy of it, call and it shall come.” This is one of my many favorite quotes or poems but unfortunately I have no idea who wrote it. I just remember it from a little girl and knew how true it was because it resinated with me so much as did your poem which I had on my site for many years until its recent makeover, taking all poems off. If anyone knows who wrote do tell. Thanks.

    • I had never heard of this quote but was intrigued by its wording. I also searched for the author and came up empty. I challenge others to find the author of this quote as well–perhaps it is part of a larger work. Either way, it is quite profound.

    • “Desire”
      – by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

      “No joy for which thy hungering heart has panted,
      No hope it cherishes through waiting years,
      But if thou dost deserve it, shall be granted —
      For with each passionate wish the blessing nears.

      Tune up the fine, strong instrument of thy being
      To chord with thy dear hope, and do not tire.
      When both in key and rhythm are agreeing,
      Lo! thou shalt kiss the lips of thy desire.

      The thing thou cravest so waits in the distance,
      Wrapt in the silences, unseen and dumb:
      Essential to thy soul and thy existence —
      Live worthy of it – call, and it shall come.”

      I was delighted to stumble across Jacqueline Edwards’s quote of this poem today. I found it particularly relevant, in a striking way, to my current position in life. I am at a crossroads, faced with the choice to enter the professional arena in a difficult job market or commit to an additional degree program in a field that greatly excites and invigorates me. Discovering the intersection between what I crave and what is essential to me – and all of the hard work and commitment it will take to reach that place – almost overwhelms me daily. These words from “Desire” encourage me to tune up the instrument of my being and to not give up – to work hard with the passion that I know I possess. They encourage me to truly discover the place at that intersection of my ambitions and needs and, perhaps most importantly, to live worthy of it with a combination of grace, strength, and perseverance.

      These kinds of discoveries provide me with fibers of optimism and encouragement, and their motivating effects are so profound.

      • This was a beautiful follow up and thank you for finding the original author and poem.

      • JW, thank you so much for letting me know who wrote it. I should of had some idea since I love many of Ella Wheeler Cox poems! Now because of you I’ll never for it who wrote it!

        Your revelation to the next chapter in your life is profound and worth all the work you will put into. I wish you greatness.

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