A few months ago I went shopping at an outlet mall and found a dress I loved. It wasn’t the style I normally choose; it was a colorful, flowy maxi dress that skeptical me thought wouldn’t look good on my petite frame. But something inside me prompted me to try it on anyway, and when I did, I was amazed to find it fit perfectly. The dress was stunning. I couldn’t believe it. I looked fabulous in it.
My next thought was, “But of course I can’t buy it because it’s just too fabulous. What would people think?”
Really? Can you believe that? I honestly thought in that moment that I didn’t deserve to look fabulous. Or, that others might judge me for looking good.
Now, let me tell you, this kind of stinking thinking flies in the face of absolutely everything I have learned. It is the exact opposite of whom I have decided I want to be in this lifetime: someone who is not afraid to do great things and be her very best, most fabulous self.
Marianne Williamson taught me that. In A Return to Love, she spoke directly to that little person inside who is afraid to shine because it might alienate others.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say it that this passage changed my life:
“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.”
—from A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Fortunately for me, I am quickly able to identify my own destructive thinking and can do something about it before it takes root. So I did an immediate reality check right there in the dressing room: The dress was incredible. It fit like a dream, and it was even on sale. It was meant for me.
I bought the dress.
That’s all it took. I simply had to take what was being offered to me.
Remember, we live in a perfect, magical Universe that is always operating for our Highest Good. Use your gifts, and embrace the blessings that are offered as you travel on your divine path.
Don’t play small. Go on, little light, shine. Shine on!
What fuels your personal light? How do you let it shine?