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(Can You Imagine by Trey Speegle @ 20×200)


So beautiful…this never gets old.  I first heard it — yes I’m admitting it — while watching the Samuel L. Jackson film Coach Carter on TV a few years back.  It reverberated in my heart, because it kinda scared the daylights outta me.  Can you imagine?  It’s like finding out you have superpowers, when all this time you thought you were average.  What a magnificent boost of energy to climb up your spine than to realize you have the strength within yourself to be all that you wish to be! 


Of course, it comes with a warning.  That is, do not mistake this gift as an excuse to empower your ego, selfishly.  It does not give you the right to be cruel, to be unkind, to be manipulative, to be destructive to get your way, to be overindulgent, to always be right, to treat others with contempt, to be indignant, to be ignorant, to be ruthless, to be treacherous, nor to be a self-centered biyatch.  


Rather it reminds you that you are full of goodness, positivity, kindness, generosity, empathy, joy, strength, passion, virtue, tenacity, gumption, compassion, integrity, guile, love, reflection, peace, resilience, and potential.  But remember, like Spiderman says, “With great power comes great responsibility.”


Here it is (paraphrased so it’s closer to how it was said in the film), by Marianne Williamson.  Although sometimes it’s mistakenly credited to Nelson Mandela, because he used it in one of his powerful speeches.

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?   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.   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.

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