This is why I love being here on medium and having the privilege of being connected to those with wisdom of mind, heart and soul.
I always loved, when in English class at school, that there could be so many different interpretations of a poem or story — each one bringing a new light, depth and perspective.
David Montgomery you have honoured my words by doing just that; thank you. You made me pause and reflect and look from a different angle. I enjoyed doing that; finding a different perspective — it enriched my spirit — thank you.
For 26 years, I taught pre-school children. The walls of the classroom were covered with brightness aimed at the children and enriching their lives.
Two of the papers on the walls of the classroom were for me. I read them every morning, out loud to myself, before the beautiful chaos of children arrived.
One of them had on it, the very words you have written of here, which were attributed to St Teresa of Avila.
This is the other, written by Marianne Williamson
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 does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Reading these two reflections every morning; helped give me the humility, spirit and sense of respectfulness, I needed to be the best teacher and guardian of God’s little miracles I could be.
Thank you David, for reminding me of that. I needed it!