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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!
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.
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."
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. :)
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