“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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the Glory of God 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.” Nelson Mandela
Wonderful words, full of hope and majesty, aren’t they? They remind us of the divine spark of creativity that’s in all of us.
As writers, we set out, every day, to nurture that spark, to fan it into a flame that casts its light across our pages.
When we write, we let our light shine.
Sometimes we use it as a candle to light our way as we find the courage to enter dark places and share what we’ve learned.
Sometimes, we shine our light on our world and give our readers a better understanding of how it works or how it can be repaired.
Sometimes we shine our light on mysterious realms by creating new worlds that our readers can escape to and find comfort in.
Whatever path we take on our writer’s journey, let’s let our lights shine. Let’s write dangerously. Let’s remember that, “…playing small doesn’t serve the world.” Powerful words to inspire and guide us. Write on!
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