Ever feel that you’re not good enough? Inadequate? Join the multitude of people who feel that who they are and what they do doesn’t measure up. Here’s how a typical day might go...
“For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is 'I didn’t get enough sleep.' The next one is 'I don't have enough time.' Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of...
"Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack...
"This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life”
― Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life
Feelings of inadequacy permeate our days. It’s part of our conditioning in a society that keeps telling us to have, do, and be more.
The pernicious feeling that one is lacking is the cause of much personal and private pain. We may feel like we’re not pulling our weight or that we’re letting people down, when in fact, no one is thinking anything of the kind.
Yet scores and scores of bright, talented, capable, and loveable people spend most of their lives thinking they don’t measure up.
So, what is this all about, really?
Mariann Williamson, author and speaker, has these thoughts: “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. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
What would it take for all of us to pull aside the curtain of fear and allow ourselves to shine?
We are children of God. We have been authorized and empowered to live as children of Light. If God says it’s OK, do we need anything more?
It will take some effort and time to turn away from the clamoring, yammering voices that say we’re not enough.
With Lent fast approaching, maybe it would be a good Lenten discipline to drop those voices and listen for the Voice that speaks of our infinite value and worth.
You are a child of God. Shine, so others can too.