Marianne Williamson wrote a poem that has been made famous by such people as the great Nelson Mandela and such movies and “Coach Carter.”

In it she says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”. She continues on for some time about our greatness, and makes this observation, “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

This poem came to mind yesterday as my cousin watched an animated favorite of mine, “The Incredibles.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the movie’s premise, super heroes are forces to go into a “Hero Relocation Program” and hide their identities after the world decides they’re a greater burden than they are a blessing.

But as always, things change when you have kids. Two of our heroes marry and start a family. They have normal jobs and attempt to live a normal life – there’s just one little problem: their kids have superpowers and want to use them in public!

As the movie continues, an arch-nemesis draws the super-family out of hiding and the world’s inhabitants realize they need super heroes after all.

Well, it got me to thinking. How often do we dim our lights and undermine our power in order to appear humble and meek? Does being kind, considerate and compassionate mean you have to be a doormat? Does it mean that you can’t live in your truth and be who you are for fear that others will find you intense, overwhelming and maybe even a little uppity?

My answer is a resounding, hell naw! It is your responsibility to your best you at all times. To live in your light and shine bright for all the world to see. Perhaps my favorite stanza of Williamson’s poem is: “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.”

So go shine kids. Good luck and Namaste.

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