A few months ago, my friend Adam wrote this reflection after our conversation as a sign of gratitude. Albeit months late, I’m posting it. And I think he should start a blog!
In the spirit of gratefulness (or as a disclaimer), I am incredibly blessed to know Adam! As my FrancisCorps predecessor, he taught me how to pack food boxes for those at our pantry, as well as how to best tease Sr. Dolly, that heroine of mine! Thankfulness seems to shared between us.
Circuitousness gratitude. Pretty amazing.
Kate and I have known each other for many years and I am a frequent reader of her blog. When I learned of her mother’s condition her words took on new meaning for me. I found myself continually looking forward to her posts and inspirational messages. After reading her latest post on saying yes to ourselves I was inspired to write this about her. Her words spoke deeply to me as I have been dealing with some of the same internal struggles she has and I wanted to show my true appreciation for what they meant to me.
In life I feel that there are many obstacles that can hold us back but none is harder to overcome than ourselves. Asso aptly said, our is not that we are inadequate; rather we are afraid that we are strong, wonderful people and that somehow we are unworthy of all of the great people and ancillary things that come with it. In doing this we end up adding to our burden and damaging the relationship we have with ourselves even more. We discourage the greatness we have inside us all and as a result of those struggles we lose sight that maybe we really are pretty fucking amazing. I am so fortunate to count Kate as someone in my life who is constantly reminding of this fact.
Through her struggles, her humility, her grace and strength, Kate has been and continues to be an inspiration to me. And it is through those qualities she has inspired me to say yes to myself. She has inspired me to say yes to all the wonderful things I have to offer and others have to offer to me. She has inspired me to say yes to who I am and be happy for what I have. But most importantly she has really inspired me to be a better person because if she can deal with the hand life has dealt her and still maintain all her beautiful qualities , I should be able to deal with my struggles as well and become better for them. When I lose my center, when I feel as though I am my biggest obstacle my mind goes to Kate and her mother and I start to regain my sense of gratitude for who I am. For the example she is for me in my life I will always be eternally grateful and for this I say thank you!“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 all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the that is within us. It is not just in some of us; 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 own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”