© photo by michelle bryant
The other day I was in a seriously melancholy mood, contemplating my place in this world and my purpose on this earth and I must admit I was truly somewhere between choosing the option of Jesus coming or sleeping all day (either one sounded really good to me at the time). I was telling a very good, lifelong friend of mine this when they spoke the most tender words offered as both guidance and reassurance to me. They said something so profound that the words rang in my soul and quenched me even days later. These words were given so tenderly and with such compassion that days later I was still quivering when I thought of them… “Be beautiful, and let the world catch up.”
Just thinking of those eight words even now – makes my heart flutter. What a wonderful way to say “do not be afraid to be yourself”. It also reminded me of another quote that I’d heard that had once served as a reminder of the same kind… to be unique, to be me. For that is who my Creator- had created. I used to have it on my bathroom mirror. It read:
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 meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automtically liberates others.
I encourage you today to embrace who you are: quirky, eccentric, unconventional as you may think you might be. You are still a gift from God to this world. Be bold. Be yourself. And dont ever forget, you are beautiful-God has made YOU a gift – it’s up to the world to catch up to what you have to offer.
© michelle bryant