“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is 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 fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The bolds are mine. I’m going to go sit in front of Neo with this quote next to my teacup, and every time I think despairing thoughts, I shall repeat it until I am so bored with the game that I just write.
Pretending to be less than I am is a form of passive aggression. I’ve some things to say about passive aggression — again — but I need to go blow up some goats, first.