If you haven’t read the last two Tuesday posts I suggest you go back and read them, Sexy Beast and Forgive Yourself . They are two of my favorites. I’m struggling today to know what to write because I feel like I poured my heart and soul into those two posts.

As women (and honestly men) we are engulfed in a plague. A plague that leaves us thinking down on ourselves and doubting the greatness that is within us. We have been shamed into thinking that it is a service to others by downplaying our abilities and strengths. We feel incredibly uncomfortable accepting the awesomeness in ourselves and we actually put ourselves down. We all do it. Just try giving a compliment to someone and more times then not they will squirm and find some way to discount what you have said.

I wish we didn’t do this. There is so much power in accepting our strengths and the different (or similar) strengths in others. The strengths in us only enhance the strengths in others. It doesn’t matter what kind of mistakes or short comings you have, there is greatness in you! I promise! So embrace it. Don’t hide it. It doesn’t do any good to ignore and apologize for what makes us different and great!

I’m just going to end this with a quote again. It has stuck with me through the years. It is a good one.

“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ 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 people won’t feel insecure around you. 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 all of us. And when 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.”

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

Jen “Hotmess Hottie”