Anniversary Post: Let your light shine

I forgot my blog anniversary. It was last month. My first post was in February, 2007, meaning I’ve just started my seventh year of blogging:~) To celebrate, I’m putting up one of my older posts, written in 2008.

I met a woman at a conference years ago. We got to talking and she shyly told me she had written a book that had been recently published. I was impressed and told her so.

Instead of being proud of what she’d done, she downplayed it by making excuses for what she had accomplished. She didn’t seem to believe she deserved success.

I asked her about this.

She said it made her nervous and fearful to acknowledge that she was a success, especially since she had not sold any books yet.

Before we could talk more about this, the workshop moved on and I didn’t have a chance to talk with her again.

I wished I had.

I would have said to her, “Wait a minute! What’s wrong with feeling powerful and strong about what you did accomplish? You wrote a book and it was published!  What’s wrong with believing you deserve every piece of that success?”

Most of all, I wished I had asked her what made her afraid of success.

But I didn’t.

Today, as I was clearing out files on my computer, I came across a passage entitled, Our Deepest Fear, written by Marianne Williamson. I’ve had it for a long time, but read it again.  It reminded me of the woman at the workshop.

Since I have no way to contact her, I’m doing the next best thing.  I’m posting this passage on my blog and trusting that it will get to her if she still needs it.

If not, maybe someone like her will read it and fully celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

Maybe even you.

If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance.  If you’ve read it before, read it again.  It’s worth it!

Our Deepest Fear

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 does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

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.

Author ~ Marianne Williamson

The last verse of this poem says exactly how I feel about blogging.

The posts I visit inspire me to let “my light shine” and I hope my posts do the same for those who visit my site.

Creativity, in all its forms, is like a good meal; it’s best appreciated when shared. Blogging opens the door and welcomes us in to share our word and picture meals.

Bon Appétit, my friends:~)





23 comments on “Anniversary Post: Let your light shine

  1. Alien Ghost says:

    Hi Sara,

    First of all…Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! (Even if you forgot).

    Going into the seventh year? That IS an accomplishment! And time flies, doesn’t it? Anyway, keep it up. There are lots of people, including myself, who enjoy visiting your blog, trying to be up to your challenges and enjoying your pictures, opinions and stories.

    This also is a great post. How many times we become afraid of being successful, stopping with it ourselves of accomplishing what we want and/or dream about? Well, at least we know that you won’t be ashamed of your success as a writer, although we have the opposite problem: When are you going to publish a book with your awesome writing?

    Congratulations again! 🙂


    • Sara says:

      @ Alien Ghost — aw shucks…now my face is bright shade of pink! Thanks for your kind words. I am working on things, but slowly:~)

  2. Kelvin Kao says:

    This is great! There have definitely times that I did not give myself permission to do something, even though I was strongly encouraged to do it. It’s good to be reminded to not have that fear.

    Congrats on the blog anniversary. (Every time someone has one of these, I always thought, huh, did I miss mine, again?) And thank you for your continual support! Please keep your blogging going!

    • Sara says:

      @ Kelvin — The only reason I remembered mine was because I looked back for some old posts and realized I’d missed it:~)

      I love the quote. It’s definitely one to keep around and read, both when you need a boost and also just as a reminder.

  3. Patty says:

    Happy Blog Birthday Sara! I’m so glad I met you through blogging. It’s been a true pleasure over the years to visit here and experience the flow of your creativity and get to know you this way. Your light (and warmth) does indeed shine bright; thank you for beaming it out to all of us.

    p.s. I’d share a meal with you any day!

    • Sara says:

      @ Patty — You are so nice. And to stay with analogy…we do share our meals. I enjoy yours very much. I love how you’ve been exploring your own creativity, while also giving me warm reminders of ways to expand my own:~)

  4. Hilary says:

    Hi Sara .. you’re into your 8th year of blogging – by golly I thought I was doing well and I’m only half way there!! Congratulations though …

    … and yes I agree blogging does open so many doors – especially if we’re ready to receive and learn and grow … so many aspects of life I’ve come across that had I not been blogging I don’t think I’d have experienced …

    Excellent news – long may your postings continue … cheers Hilary

    • Sara says:

      @ Hilary — What are you doing here? You’re supposed to on a break, working your fingers to prepare for the A-Z challenge. I mean that challenge is an endurance event, almost as hard as Linda’s was in February — 30 days minus 2 and every day a new post.

      Seriously, thank you very much for stopping by and helping me celebrate this anniversary:~)

  5. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! xxO

  6. Valerie says:

    Sara-Happy Anniversary!!!

    I loved this post! It sums up so much of what I feel, and so much of what I want to be-someone who can be proud of her accomplishments, and celebrate them without fear. With the support from this community of fellow bloggers I’ve found, I think that not only can it happen for me, but more importantly, I can help it happen for others:)

    Bless you, dear friend-and keep up the great work!!

    • Sara says:

      @ Valerie — As a fellow fiction writer, among other creative ventures, you do understand the challenge of saying, “I wrote this and it’s fabulous” instead of “Well, it’s not the best I ever wrote, but I hope you like it. I know I can do better.” I can’t honestly say I’m comfortable with the first statement, but I’m getting better about making excuses like the second statement. It’s a process.

      Thanks for sharing this belated anniversary with me:~)

  7. Lynn says:

    That is a lovely sentiment, Sara. And it’s been lovely getting to know bloggers like you and making friends. I always like thinking about you living in the vicinity of my family.

  8. Very happy blog anniversary…I am looking forward to my 5 year anniversary – even though I am playing a bit smaller these days – in many ways.

    I have just spent 2 weeks cleaning out file drawers of all those things we no longer need. Seeing old report cards and good workshops that I lead – it was fun, but now I need a shower to get all the dusty cobwebby off and move off of memory lane.

    I don’t know what to do next…hoping it will spring forth…letting go and letting go and letting go

    I have that Marianne Williamson quote on my mirror and read it along with a Dorothy Sayre quote about I AM ME…. It never fails to empower me.

    I like too that Nelson Mandela used it in his first inaugural speech – what discouragement he went through and how much he gave and how well he lit up the world.
    Thank you so much for this reminder…

    • Sara says:

      @ Patricia — Thank you. I know you well enough to say you will not be waiting long for inspiration to give you a new nudge:~)

  9. jean sampson says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary, Sara! I am so glad I met you and that I enjoy “playing” with you on your fun and often inspiring posts! Keep up the good work and thank you for all of the excellent encouragement! I hope that woman sees this post—-we ALL need to be encouraged to let our lights shine, shine, shine! 🙂 🙂

  10. Talon says:

    Happy Anniversary, Sara! The blogging world is much much richer for having you in it!

    I’m not sure why some hide their lights under a bushel, but I’m glad their are others that remind them it’s okay to let it shine.

    • Sara says:

      @ Talon — Don’t you think blogging is it’s own light? We feel a freedom to risk sharing our creative activities in ways some of us don’t do locally. I find this interesting, but let me say I am always amazed my your talent and the talents of many of the people I visit.

      Thanks for your kind words, as well:~)

  11. Liza says:

    Seven years of blogging sure is a lot! I like this post. After a long time, i finally decided that I’ve actually accomplished things, even if they minuscule compared to things others have accomplished. Thanks for sharing this, as I didn’t know about your blog in 2008! :p

    • Sara says:

      @ Liza — Given your age, I am amazed at all you have accomplished and are accomplishing. You are a very talented and wise young woman. Your creativity will always be your friend and it will lead you out dark times and take you to new places you didn’t expect yourself to go:~)

      p.s. Actually, in your case, it already has!

  12. Carolyn says:

    Loved this – so true. Thanks for posting it.

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