Who Are You Not To?

September 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Nature Space

“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.”

~Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love~

Rudbeckia Yellow by Amy Palko

Rudbeckia Yellow by Amy Palko

Petals the colour of sunset, vivid red, blush pink, burnished orange, turn towards the sun, dance in the breeze, reveling in their own beauty and the experience of being alive in this world.

Extending branches into the arching cerulean blue, the oak tree stands firm, its roots holding the earth in strong grip as it reaches skywards, heavenwards.

Painted by Picasso, the butterfly alights upon the leaf.  The small, delicate insect opens and closes its wings as if readying for flight, resplendent with its splodges of blue, red, black and yellow.

Do you think the flowers, the trees or the insects believe that they should somehow be less than they are?  Do you think they best serve their purpose by living life diminished in some essential way?  Do you think they would celebrate the wonder and the joy and the blessing of life if they chose not to share it with the world?

No.  They would not.

They offer us an example to live by.  An example so profuse that one cannot pretend to ignore it.  Nature’s riotous celebration of life is our reminder to live life to its full potential.

After all, who are you not to?


9 Responses to “Who Are You Not To?”
  1. Chris Owen says:

    Hiya Amy
    AS I opened up the door to this Space, mentally I was girding my loins to feel inadequate as the Goddess of Exquisite Prose began to speak.
    Instead I find the first sentence snaking right into the core of my self-doubts and making them stop at the red light!
    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    Ok Ok I get the message and the beautiful prose too!

  2. amypalko says:

    Lol – Goddess of Exquisite Prose! Must add that to my CV! ;-)
    I’m so glad you got the message tho, Chris, as I don’t think you have anything to feel inadequate about. I love your writing, your approach to relationships and your passion for a life well lived. I especially love that you choose to share all of that with us on The Calm Space.
    Thank you so much for being you, Chris!

  3. What a painter you are. You know I was smiling as I read this. And look at that glorious bit of flower. One among many and yet its own brilliant self.
    Afraid of our own light, afraid to flower, afraid to stretch as far as our fingers and hearts can reach?
    If we could hold that thought in the breath we take just before we jump.. maybe there would be more of us saying … “just watch this” :)

    A lovely piece, it will be in my mind as I paint.

  4. Dr.Mani says:

    My favorite poem… with a set of exquisite clarifying questions that take away any last excuse I might have had for holding back!

    Thanks, Amy.


  5. karen says:

    Amy, whenever I read those words from Marianne Williamson I feel them so powerfully, all over again. Now you’ve added other words, just as powerful, taking away any vestige of doubt that we should live life to its fullest potential.

    Breathtaking, inspirational, and yes – exquisite prose, oh Goddess : )

    Now, to put all that incredible motivation and beauty into action…