Friday, April 06, 2007
So far there aren't too many members, so I'm not joining it for that reason. Here's what was written and which TOTALLY resonated to me:
"Why is it we are so ready to remember those negative things we hear about ourselves and so quick to dismiss the compliments and offers of a step up in this world? Who, may I ask, taught us that being proud of something we’ve done well or accomplished is the same as being arrogant?
Let’s give up that thinking once and for all! Stop hiding the gifts of positive words behind your back and start thrusting them out in the open - join our Friday Felicitations Movement!
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -tat·ed; -tat·ing
1 archaic : to make happy
2 a : to consider happy or fortunate b : to offer congratulations to
(taken from Miriam Webster Online)
It’s time to help each other throw out all that negative thinking and acknowledge those things we have to celebrate. Friday is now the day to blog your compliments, your accomplishments, something nice someone said to you, or maybe even something you are striving to make better. Go ahead, announce yourself to be happy and fortunate."
When I read the above by Megan, I remembered a quote I have loved for many years.
Many of you probably have heard this quote by the inspiring Marianne Williamson:
“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."
With this quote in mind, I'd like to share TWO things (even though there were many!) which really made me feel good this week and which made me feel good about myself.
The first one was the gift of yesterday's banner celebrating my 300th posting on this blog. It was lovingly and freely designed by my dear friend Marj!
The second one was this email from another blogger. This one came to me at just the perfect moment--when I was having second thoughts about blogging and wondering whether I'm wasting my precious time. Every now and then I get blog-weary, and I wonder why I'm blogging so much. And then someone writes me an encouraging, uplifting email, and I get my second wind. Here's what came to me this week:
It's funny, because so often, I think really nice things about people and I'm afraid, for whatever ridiculous reasons, to actually tell them.
And then sometimes, I just think, I really have to tell this person this - I just have to tell them.
Wish that was there all the time - and perhaps this exchange will inspire me to do it more often!
And great meme! I've emailed a few blog friends about it!
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