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What Does ‘Confidence’ Mean to a Poet?

I am embarrassed to tell you how much I struggle with wanting to be a great poet versus feelings of unworthiness about recognition.  I think these feelings are burned into many of us from early childhood.  I was taught that humility is the greatest virtue.  But is it?  I read the quote below today and it made a HUGE difference for me.  Not the regligious part but the part that says that each of us is created to be wildly successful.  And that success breds success.  YES I AM AND YES I CAN should be a mantra all of us recite daily.  Hope this helps you too!

“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 we NOT to be? You are a child of God, and 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.”

“A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”, Marianne Williamson, 1992

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