While in Barcelona, I started every day with coffee and contemplation. Going through a life transition and having the time to sort out my emotional well was my first, daily priority.
In the breakfast nook in the apartment where I stayed, I’d peer out the windows and think about my upcoming life. Confessions of a early, 30s drama queen.
One of those mornings a picture frame caught my eye. Having been there a few days already, I was surprised I didn’t notice it before.
“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 knew this was from a speech given by Nelson Mandela, as written by Marianne Williamson, and I had heard these words before. But like all moments of synchronicity, the moment became a bigger moment. I read the speech with renewed context, the world brand new.