This past Sunday Rev Donald spoke about the choice we each make in every moment with respect to the tidal wave full of sharks or the carrot as our point of focus. I was ruminated on this topic as I drove home, thinking about how thoroughly and easily I can get pulled into fighting off the alligators that I forget that my purpose was, and remains, to drain the swamp. It is twice good to be reminded that intention follows attention and that where I focus my attention, where my treasure is, there my heart will be too.
The questions from last month's message series on Living Fully, What stories are living you? Who is your true self? Will you let that out and share it with the world? It reminds me of that Marianne Williamson quote that I, and most people I know, have a love-hate relationship with...
“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 glory of God that is within us. 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.”
It's a pretty unnerving thought that I might actually have another purpose, another calling, that shakes me out of my comfort zone, again. And yet, the opportunities knock, the door will open if I but choose to open it. My hand is on the doorknob. What is true for you?