And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ~ Marianne Williamson ~
Recently, I heard a song in the background of a movie on the television. I was in and out of the room, unable to manage to just sit and enjoy the movie. But, at one point, the song caught my ear. I stopped to pay attention to the scene in the movie. The movie, by the way, was Invincible. A movie, based on a true story, about a lifelong football fan, 30 year old Vince Papale, played by Mark Wahlberg, who gets to see his wildest dream come true. Having never played college football, he became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. I plan to watch it again with uninterrupted time. I like a good movie based on a true story.
Anyway; back to my point. The song, a mid-1970s song by B. T. Express, got my attention in a different way than it did back then. I can remember singing along. That’s the odd thing about songs we sing along with sometimes. Back then, it was a dance to and sign along with song. It’s really not so much that I didn’t hear the words years ago. I did! I can remember singing along with the song. I heard the words. Now; I just heard them differently. I’m sure it’s solely because I’m at an enhanced version of me now.
People know just what they’d like to do
Whatever it is you got it as long it pleases you
Make it last as long as you can
When your through it’s up to you to try it again…
…Everybody knows what they’d like to do
Whatever it is, do it, as long as it pleases you
Just take some time and relax your mind
Then do it, do it, do it ’till you’re satisfied
I believe that about most people. They know what they would like to do. What happens in the life of so many is that they won’t do it. They plan to. Maybe after college. One day, after I get my self situated financially. The timing will be better once I get all the other things I want in life first; the house, two cars, the cat, the dog and of course; have children. Then it becomes, well; maybe after the children are grown. Right now, it’s only about them. Meantime; you’re allowing life to just keep getting in the way.
Eventually, hopefully, it all happened. Everything you ever wanted. Along with all the highs and lows along the way. Your life checklist is complete. Just not that one thing you always wanted the most for yourself. That one was the big one. It was just for you and had nothing to do with anyone else. What happened next? You went and got older. Way older! Now; it’s I always wanted to… I used to want to… When I was younger I had planned to… I’m too old now. It’s too late!
If you let that be your story, you will have removed one of the greatest things you could have given yourself. For most of us, we dare to dream. We have that one special thing we know is who we are and what we’re intended to do. Later in life, we justify it not happening by saying it wasn’t meant to be. Yet; there’s regret. Sometimes resentment. Still, no one person is to blame except yourself. Be who you want to be.
We let life get in the way. Maybe for some, that’s easier to allow than doing the hard work of seeing a dream come true. Look; if you’ve given yourself every opportunity to see it happen, at least you can say you gave it your all. You tried to make it happen. If you wanted to be an artist, movie producer, college professor, world traveler, oceanographer. Maybe it’s to just visit more states with a strong desire to move to one of them. Whatever the dream may be. But you just couldn’t get that right break. You will at least live out the rest of your life knowing you gave it one heck of a try. If you never tried, you’ll never know. That’s where the regret will most certainly fall in.
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 God. 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 are all meant to shine, as children do. 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 everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. — Marianne Williamson
It’s ok if you try with all your heart. It’s fine if you went all the way with it and it actually worked out well for you. But then; somewhere along the way, you just didn’t want to do it anymore. Maybe you decided it’s just not all you see for yourself for the rest of your life. Perfectly okay! Put your next life plan in place. Go for it! It’s better to be able to look back and say you gave it a try. You went all the way but your passion changed. When it’s no longer pleasing, then it’s time to pay attention to that just as equally as you did when you set out to make it happen.
Whatever you do though; don’t just go along because of other people’s expectations. Don’t let fear be a factor either. Take the time you need to rethink where you are in life right now. Then, take the time you need to just relax your mind. Don’t overwhelm yourself with your thinking. Step away as need be. Whatever it is, do it til you’re satisfied. But; you decide. Not anyone else. Do it as long as it pleases you.
You’ve got the floor…
Is there anything you regret not doing and now you feel it’s too late? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.