Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Have you ever declared your own brilliance?  It is often considered to be overly boastful to say that we are brilliant at anything.  And yet we are all unique and have our own gifts and skills that we are brilliant at.

I was given this quote today and it cried out to be blogged:
Our worst 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, talented, beautiful, fabulous?"  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God, and your playing small does not 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 glory of God within us.  It's not just in some of us, it is in everyone, and as we let our 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.    ~ Marianne Williamson
So I ask you: what makes you brilliant?   Name and claim just one thing for yourself today.  I am brilliant at listening and engaging others in self-reflection.  It is amazing how hard that sentence is to write but it can be helpful to acknowledge our strengths as well as our weaknesses.  So what makes you brilliant?  Will you share it with us?


Jen said...

The first line of that quote is in a movie but I can't think of what it is. That is going to ANNOY me.

I am brilliant at understanding what people are trying to say even when they can't quite figure it out themselves or express it to others.

Challenge:1yearnorestaurants said...

Great post!

I love when bloggers get readers to reflect on themselves in a positive manor.

I am brilliant at asking questions. I'm in various new rolls at work which cause the learning curve to be more like a wall (no learning "curve") I may not know all the answers but I can and do ask a lot of questions.

Kate said...

I love that quote. And look at this.... it's on my Facebook photo page!


Monkeymama said...

Jen - I wondered too. Google says that it is in Akeelah and the Bee and Coach Carter.

Beautiful post! I still remember the day when this whole concept clicked during my conversion. Kind of like, "Who am I to have low self-esteem when I was created in the image of God?"

I am brilliant at mothering. Even if I fail in some small moments, deep down I know that I am good at this.

fritzfacts said...

So wonderful Liz!

I am brilliant at loving my family so freely!

Valerie said...

Hmmm, I'm brilliant with dogs. I'm great at loving them, training them, and understanding and giving them what they need.

I may be lacking in a lot of other areas, but at least I'm great at that. I guess that's why I'm a dog trainer. :P

Sharon said...

I had a friend in seminary that had this birthday tradition: The birthday boy or girl has to sit silently while everyone around the table says what they appreciate about that person. We LOVED being at the table. We struggled being the birthday girl. But I think it's good to hear that sometimes.

You, of course, want me not just to hear, but to speak. That's even harder!

But I am brilliant at synthesizing. Most of my really good ideas are not my own -- I'm just good at seeing what things other people have said/done will be good in a different place. More accurately, I'm good at combining stuff in new ways to create something new that will be good in a different place.