My Deepest Fear…

by Michelle Acker on January 6, 2011

in Learning the Art of Living

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are poweful 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 unconscioulsly give other people permission to do the same.  As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”                                                 ~Marianne Williamson

Tomorrow when I wake up, I’m starting a 4 week game with a group of local ladies.  You get points for healthy eating, exercise, sleep, supporting each other, building a healthy habit and letting go of a bad habit.  And, of course, there are penalties too.  And, after two weeks of absolute excitement and I-can’t-wait-for-this-to-start, I find myself somewhat terrified.  I’m not sure of what.  But I’m sitting here scared out of my wits.  Now that deserves some serious reflection.  But until I figure it out, I’m going to keep reading this quote daily, because I’m pretty sure that’s part of the answer.

P.S.  Feel free to ask me if I drank all my water, exercised, tackled that bad habit, etc.  I’d be happy to tell you how it’s going!

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meganfinley January 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I applaud you for all the awesome things you do to better yourself. But FYI: you’re kinda pretty amazing already. 😉

Michelle January 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Aw, thanks sis. Problem is, I have trouble seeing it! Working on that…

Deb Chitwood January 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM

What an awesome quote – and a great game! I’ll be cheering you on, Michelle!

Michelle January 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Thanks, Deb! So far so good… Points are stacking up already…

Deb Chitwood January 8, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Go, Michelle! Just wanted to let you know that I linked to your post today at

Betsy at Zen Mama January 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM

That’s a great quote. Reminds me of this Thomas Edison quote: If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Good luck with your game!

Michelle January 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Betsy, Thanks! I absolutely love that Thomas Edison quote. That fits me to a ‘T’. I’ve done a few things in the past year that absoulutely boggled my mind. I just might put your quote up for a visible reminder. Thanks for commenting!

Lori January 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Starting anything new can be scary, even something you are looking forward to. Just remember you are not alone, we all love and support you. And remember to “Keep Moving Forward” (Meet the Robinsons).

SomeGirl January 13, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Hey, I don’t know how I missed this, but I did! Hope the game is going well! Hope your nerves have settled. You do well at everything you put your mind to, I know you’ll do well at this, too! Love you!! ♥

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