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
I love being a woman. Sure, it’s not always easy, but I love being a woman. When God created me, He knew I would enjoy womanhood. I love being beautiful. I love being nurturing and caring. I love that I have the potential to carry and grow life. I love being soft, gentle, sweet, and luminous. I love being feminine and graceful. And I love the deep strength that comes with simply being a woman. I love that I am UNIQUE. Plain and simple. Part of what makes me uniquely me is the fact that I am a woman, and I love that. But being a woman is intricate and often challenging.
We live in a society that has convinced us that, in order to be acceptable, we have to be able to do it all. And they have convinced us that it is possible to have our cake and eat it too. We can be professional women and family women. We can pursue a career and meet the needs of our families at the same time. They expect us to be stick skinny and flawless, brilliant, keep a spotless home, cook like a chef, be the perfect mom who attends all the events, tend to our spouse without complaint, and be an ambitious career woman. These are unrealistic expectations that don’t even stop to consider that each and every woman has her own unique purpose and calling. It doesn’t consider that life was meant to be lived in seasons and stages – you don’t have to do it all at once. Something will suffer if you try to do it that way. There is no such thing as “one life fits all.” And, in piling on such unrealistic expectations and standards, our sense of self-worth and self-esteem often takes a hit. You’re too tall or too short. You’re too skinny or too fat. You’re too educated or you’re not educated enough. You’re too domestic or too driven. You are always going to be “too something” for someone. But what society thinks is not what matters, nor are they the ones who dictate to you what purpose you are meant to fulfill. What matters is what your Creator thinks and says about you. What matters is what incredible plan He had in mind when He breathed His life into your body and you became a living soul. The way you were created was not an accident; it was by design. You are a designer’s original, and you have a personalized path to follow and a divine purpose to fulfill. We were created to reflect the glory of our Creator, because we were created in His image and likeness. Unfortunately, we as women have allowed society to detach us from our Creator and convince that we are failures if we don’t meet their definition of success in life.
It’s time to stop accepting the lies and embrace who we were originally meant to be. We are women, full of power, potential, and passion, each of us with our own tailor-made purpose to fulfill in life. It’s never too late to discover who you are and what you were created to pursue. It’s never too late to start over and dream another dream, or revisit and old dream that you thought had died or was impossible to achieve. Your best days are still ahead of you, and you are going to be AMAZING. Let the journey begin…. It’s time to honor who you are and who you were created to be. Time to start loving HER.