I vividly remember an afternoon fourteen years ago when I was living in an apartment in central Austin with my husband-to-be, curled up in front of the fireplace reading my dad’s old, weathered copy of Return to Love by author/teacher Marianne Williamson.
The book’s core message–that every moment and every day we’re presented with two choices: to come from love or fear–landed in my body like an anchor of truth.
Marianne says that every thought, word and action is either motivated by love–which allows us to trust in the flow of life, connect with others and expect good to come to us–or fear, which causes us to doubt, constrict and cut ourselves off from others, made so much sense.
I choose love.
I choose to relax into the flow of life. I choose to be open and receptive to those I come in contact with. I choose to trust that “things are working out for my highest and best” and that the days and months ahead will be filled with many good things to come. I choose to always feel as if there is more than enough for everyone all the time. I choose to remember that the more I love, accept and am kind to myself, the more I am able to love and have compassion for those around me. And I choose to have an open, accessible heart.
I attended a dinner party and and each of were asked to bring and share a favorite love poem. I considered bringing a favorite passage from Mary Oliver, Hafiz, Rumi, David Whyte and others, but I kept getting pulled back to the following famous passage from Marianne Williamson.
My dad–who would have been 72 last Wednesday– gave this poem to me right before he died from a heart attack in 1996. I think his final words of wisdom were intended to gestate and reverberate within me, before they rippled out into the world. As I grow, evolve and age, I find the more I own my power, let my light shine and let others see me live “full out,”—the more others feel comfortable doing the same. Thank you dad for this and the many gifts you gave me.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
It is our light, not our darkness, that most
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and 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 about you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to 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
Marianne Williamson, author, Return to Love
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Photo at top: This daily reminder to choose love over fear is taped to the front of my fridge. At left: Global l I Choose Love PSA: learn more.