I’ve been reading this great book by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander called ‘The Art of Possibility’ and it includes one of my favourite quotes by 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 and fabulous – actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God 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.
Drinking kept my hopes and dreams in check. All mouth and no trousers.
Drinking was my playing small and enabled me to shrink away from the world.
Drinking dimmed my light and I hope that by sharing the journey from stopping through recovery we, that is myself and my other fellow sober bloggers, shine a light to lead the way for others to follow. What could you do or be if you put down the drink?
79 days to go
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (1992, New York: Harper Collins)