The wildly rapid growth of social networking sites like facebook and twitter reveal that we want to share of ourselves. It’s not about fame, or popularity, more than it’s about our desire to reveal our true selves, and have someone say, “that’s cool”, or “you brightened my day today”, or “I didn’t know that, I’m glad you taught me that today!” Whether the feedback is through a click of a mouse on the “like” button on facebook, or just an old-fashioned face to face smile, we thrive on the ability to make an impact on others.
Unfortunately, we quickly find out that the feedback we receive from others is not always positive. In grade school, we learned to hide our true selves because we could quickly become the target of ridicule. Some of us are still hiding, still hoping for the approval of others. Some of us think that we have just don’t have anything to offer. But you do have something to offer.
The coffee house I own with my family books Saturday nights concerts by local musical talent. I am often astounded by the talented musicians and singers who perform for the audiences for free. I enjoy listening to them as much as I do Grammy winning artists. I am impressed with their willingness to share their music, even when they receive little accolade. They may not play to adoring crowds of thousands, but they sure brighten the day of the audience in our local coffee house.
No one else in this world can offer what you can. So brave the naysayers, because they are people who really want to share of themselves like you do, but their insecurity or their fears cause them to discourage others. Share something of yourself even though only one other person in the world may benefit from it – you might be the only person to shine a light in their day. Be yourself, shine your light, share your experience, knowledge, your smile, your music, art, or writing, share your uniqueness.
“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.” – Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love.