Have you ever met a person and just felt a certain connection with them? Like you have met them somewhere else and you have been friends for like, I don’t know….forever? That is what happened with my friend, Jolie. She is like a soul sister (as are some of you reading this…you know who you are.)
I love Jolie. One of the many reasons why I love Jolie is because of her genuine desire to help others. She heads up a local fitness program (Be Fit with Jolie) where she teaches exercise classes to women. But it goes far beyond this. She not only wants to help them better themselves physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. She invited me to come speak to this group of women as they were getting ready to embark on a fitness challenge. She specifically asked me to empower them, help them understand that each of them has a purpose in life and a divine role to fulfill, help them understand that they are worth something, and that they can DO and BE anything they desire. I shared with them one of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson and wanted to share it here as well. It is a favorite quote of mine because I see so many women (and moms) experiencing feelings of inadequacy, comparing themselves to others, and putting themselves down for no reason at all. (I do it too!) Read the quote and make it a goal this week to let your light shine and be the best you in all that you do, and in so doing, you are allowing others to do the same!
“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.”