LooseCrew-JeffO: Meekness, Shmeekness!


Ramblings of an adventurous guy living in Denver and playing in the mountains.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Meekness, Shmeekness!

Humility, calmness, quietness remove distractions. It allows connection with nature and your subconscious.
But you can take it too far. Many religions teach humility, but without properly quantifying it, or how far to take it.

If you have something to offer the world, don't hide it. It may seem humble to you, but it's actually selfish. It's like hording.
There are heroes who never tell their stories, so they fail to inspire.
There are people who've overcome disease, and they put it so thoroughly behind them that none of us benefit.
Be a star - don't be quiet. Stand up. Share the wealth.

Nelson Mandela stated it pretty good.
"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 you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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."
(The above speech by Nelson Mandela was orignally written by Marianne Williamson who is the author of other similar material.)


Last night, I met Nancy K. I haven't seen her since she broke her fibula last year. It was fantastic to see her again. It was one of those situations where you're on-the-run (for me, literally) and you start to talk for too long and you keep breaking off like you're parting, but then you start talking about another thing, and another... She's not running, and I'm not sure her new routine will include me or my other friends. It was just very nice to see her again.


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