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Yes. This. 
23rd-Jun-2009 03:46 pm
Elayna - Oct08
Today, my daughter graduated middle school. She sang with the 8th grade chorus for the last time. She walked gracefully across the stage and got her diploma. She was showered with affection by her friends, her teachers, everyone.

We were cleaning out her locker when her math teacher said "Wait! Elayna! I have something for you!"

We went into the classroom, and the teacher said "I've known all year that I was going to give this to one of my students." She handed Elayna a piece of construction paper with a quote taped to it - a sign that had been on the door all year. When the teacher first read it at the beginning of the year, Elayna actually teared up... and, on occasion, when Elayna was having a hard time, she took her out to read it again. And she knew that Elayna was the one student who needed this most.

"You are amazing," the teacher said. "But you pull back. Stop doing that. Shine."

Yes.

I've posted this here before, but I do it today for Elayna, who now has it hanging on her wall.

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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 the Universe.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the Universe that is within us.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

--Marianne Williamson
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All of you. Shine.
Comments 
23rd-Jun-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Heh. Syncronicity. Just last night I painted on the rear windshield of my car "We Shine".
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23rd-Jun-2009 08:29 pm (UTC) - Wow.
Totally off-topic: It took me a good 10 seconds to parse your icon - I was looking at the light, trying to make it a computer monitor, with keyboard below, with a person sitting in front of it... then snap it shifted. Ahh, that makes sense!
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23rd-Jun-2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
No, I'm not crying now. < /bullshit>
23rd-Jun-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Me, neither. It's, um, allergies. *dabs at eyes*

Give 'em hell, Elayna, as we all know you will.
23rd-Jun-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Nice!!!!
23rd-Jun-2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I've always liked that quote.

Elayna's teacher gets the HAVE THE BEST SUMMER OFF Award in my book! What a great, thoughtful, helpful, WISE thing to do!

Your daughter's gonna take high school by storm.
23rd-Jun-2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
She totally is. :)
23rd-Jun-2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I, too, have always liked that. Thanks for reminding me of it - it'll probably be useful when I start grad school.
23rd-Jun-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Loved that quote enough to stick it into facebook. Thanks.
23rd-Jun-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
:D
:D
:D
And so on, for potentially the rest of the day.
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23rd-Jun-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
So true and so damned difficult sometimes...

Congrats to Elayna! Yay!
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23rd-Jun-2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

And I told her - "Concentrate on the last part of that, if nothing else. If it's hard for you to give yourself permission to shine, remember that letting yourself shine helps people; if you're reluctant to do it yourself, do it to help others."
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23rd-Jun-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
powerful

your daughter is truly blessed to be given this encouragement at this time
23rd-Jun-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
cleary i need this quote tattoo'd on the inside of my eyelids.
*hug*
23rd-Jun-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
That's a damn fine teacher.

Yay for Elayna!
23rd-Jun-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
"Your playing small does not serve the world."

Yeah, I've been trying to beat that one into my head for quite a while.
23rd-Jun-2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
It's a tough one! Society molds us to not stick out, not rock the boat...
23rd-Jun-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the timely reminder, that's one of my favorite quotes. :)
23rd-Jun-2009 10:10 pm (UTC) - I know that quote
DrWex gave me that quote when I was in grad school and having a hard time with life. Now I have that in my office and give it to my clients when I think they are ready. Thanks for remind folks it is out there.
23rd-Jun-2009 10:46 pm (UTC) - Re: I know that quote
Yes, but I gave it to you with the common mis-attribution. I went and looked it up this time and the attribution should be to Marianne Williamson.
23rd-Jun-2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I've read that before, but today is a really good day to be hearing it again.
23rd-Jun-2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Elayna!

And congratulations to 'song and Adam for raising such a wonderful young lady. You should be proud.
23rd-Jun-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
We are. :)
23rd-Jun-2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Aww... that's awesome!! Go Elayna and big thanks to her thoughtful teacher!!

Are you familiar with Anna Nalick's song called Shine?

That's what this made me think of.

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/anna_nalick/shine.html

Oh the night makes you a star
And it holds you cold in its arms
You’re the one to whom nobody verses I love you
Unless you say it first
So you lie there holding your breath
And its strange how soon you forget
That you’re like stars
They only show up when it’s dark
Cause they don’t know their worth

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away shine away shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

There are times when the poets and pornstars align and
You won’t know who to believe in
Well that’s a good time to be leavin’
And the past knocks on your door
And throws stones at your window at 4 in the morning
Well maybe he thinks it’s romantic
He’s crazy but you knew that before

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away Shine away Shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

Yeah you’ve only begun to shine
Won’t you shine shine shine shine over shadow
Shine shine shine shine over shadow
Shine shine shine shine over

And I think you need to stop following misery’s lead
Shine away Shine away Shine away
Isn’t it time you got over how fragile you are
We’re all waiting
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that’s who you are
And you’ve only begun to shine

Yeah you’ve only begun to shine
Yeah you’ve only begun to shine
Yeah you’ve only begun to shine
24th-Jun-2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Haven't heard it! I like. :)
23rd-Jun-2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I needed this today.

Also, my congratulations to Elayna!

Edited at 2009-06-23 11:49 pm (UTC)
23rd-Jun-2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm a little late to the party, but...

Congratulations to Elayna! :)
24th-Jun-2009 12:45 am (UTC)
*snf* I should have that on MY wall.

Many congrats to Elayna, and to her proud parents!
24th-Jun-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Saved that quote...because I think I need to hear it from time to time too.

And Elayna is going to shine like a Quasar! Brighter than anything else and burning steady like a beacon.
24th-Jun-2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm definitely stealing that one for an email sig. What a great teacher.
24th-Jun-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I think right now I'm fearing the inadequacy more, but hopefully that'll change.

Thanks.
24th-Jun-2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Elayna.
That was absolutely beautiful, and rings true. Her teacher reminds me of my music/drama teacher in high school, who has become headmistress this year. If I were to send my daughter to Catholic school, I would send her to my alma mater Nazareth Academy only because I know that Dr. Tamagini would take good care of her and nourish her light. (Because she did the same for me.)

Many blessings on Elayna's transition to high school. And I hope that she has an awesome time at Explo.
24th-Jun-2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
So. True.

:) May Elayna learn this faster than I did, and hold onto it without any gaps.
24th-Jun-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Elayna. And thanks for the encouragement.
7th-Jul-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Elayna is going to be great, remembered not just for being the daughter of a great writer :-)

... That's an amazing quote, I didn't know it; many thanks to the teacher, and to you for giving me a powerful example of teachers who rock.

M
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