Thursday, October 28, 2010

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

I'm reading Brene Brown's awesome book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and knew that when I read this quote I had to post it.

"To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight-and never stop fighting."  by E.E. Cummings

It's absolutely crazy that we have to fight a lifelong battle to be who we were created to be.  What a messed up society.    It's easier to pretend to be what everyone else wants or expects you to be than to be who you really are.  Why is it so hard?  What are we afraid of?  I know, we're so worried about what others will think of us.  Maybe they'll think I'm a little nuts or maybe they'll think I'm some kind of weirdo, OR maybe they will admire you for your guts and maybe they'll find the courage to be themselves too?

Which brings me to my all time 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'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 unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."         by Marianne Williamson


  1. Isn't this book so amazing and eye-opening? I can't get the concept of living "all in" out of my head. I am absolutely in love with everything Brene has to say!

  2. Absolutely! It's so, I don't know, relaxing I guess. Like I can take a deep breath, let it out and relax. It really is o.k. to be me. It's o.k. for you to be you! Yay! No matter what we've been led to believe. I am the "different" one in the family and my mother was always trying to get me to be like my sisters.

    She didn't succeed. :) :) :)

  3. I am absolutely in LOVE with this book. And Debbie, I agree with you, it is relaxing. Or as I just described it to a friend, it's like a long exhale. I am loving "me" right now, the good and the bad regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. Here's to loving all of our imperfections!