My mom used to say to me: “if somebody can do it you can do it too”. It was the most positive belief she passed over to me, next to all those which always depressed me like “ life is hard and strewn with stones”.
This inner conviction helped me in many difficult situations and made me believe that everything is possible. But a few times in my life I came across “disbelievers” – people who didn’t dare to dream bigger, to come out of the everyday routine and to follow their heart’s desires. So they found my dreams “unrealistic” or asked me: “what makes you think that you can do it?” and I usually thought: “and what makes you think that I cannot?”.
We all are divine creators, even if we don’t see it like this. Life is full of magic and we were born to create. Don’t limit yourself, don’t suppress your heart’s desires. You are capable of doing and becoming more than you realize.
“…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.”
Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural speech.
(from the book ‘A Return To Love’ (1992) by Marianne Williamson)