“A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle”

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“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”

-James Keller 

 

This quote came to mind this morning, when a friend of mine told me she was starting her own blog after seeing mine last night. For a second I felt some resistance, some childish sense of “but it’s my thing” (as though I’d invented blogging). Then I remembered this quote. And it’s so f-ing true. What, exactly, did I lose because Lisa started her own blog? Nothing at all. But she may gain so much from it, be figuratively “lit” from the simple act of putting pen to paper. So I took a deep breath and chilled, remembering another one of my favorite quotes:

 

“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 younot 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

 

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