For part of a language arts project, students have to have five adults write a paragraph of their words of wisdom. A student asked me yesterday if I would write such a paragraph for her and here's what I gave her:
One of my favorite quotations is by Marianne Williamson.
"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.”
So my words of wisdom to you are to always remember to let others see your brilliance, your light, your talent, and your fabulousness. Always stand tall so that others see your confidence, your insightfulness, and your self-assurance. Always be an example of the good in this world by showing your light—your goodness—to others. Always remember that you are powerful: your words, your actions, and your presence affect others in ways you may never know.
Always remember to shine!