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September 30, 2013

Motivational Mondays: Our Deepest Fear

Have you ever heard or come across something that has hit you hard on an emotional level? Well, that happened to me just a few days ago when I attended the Keziah connections event. It’s a networking event for women of colour  who are interested in the beauty industry.  Angie Greaves was the speaker and she was talking about her career and encouraging us as women to go for our dreams and to never give up.

Ok, background story over, so stay with me… At the end of her talk she read a passage called “Our Deepest Fear” from the book “A return to Love “ by Marianne Williamson and I honestly felt like I had been hit. It’s that feeling of hearing something that resonates so strongly within you that you know it’s the truth.

I actually had tears running down my face (you know those silent tears that take you completely by surprise) as I realised that for such a long time I have been hiding, hiding both from others and from myself.

I’m not going to turn this into a complete Oprah moment but when I was in my teens I had a bit of a rough time at school and somewhere along the way I started hiding (not in the physical sense) but I started doing little things to make myself blend in and not draw attention to myself.  Time moved on and I thought I had dealt with those issues but hearing that passage highlighted that I still had so much to do to move forward.

On further reflection what I realised is that I have been afraid, and not afraid that in putting myself forward that I would fail but afraid that I would actually be successful. What scared me was that by being successful, I would then have to stop hiding away.  But I owe it to myself, I have been blessed with one life and to not live that life to the fullest would be a sad thing indeed.

I’m aware that this is becoming a long post so I’m going to stop rambling.  Here is the passage

Our Deepest Fear Marianne Williamson
Image Courtesy of  The joys of boys

This was actually really, really hard for me to share, but I felt that by sharing I would be holding myself accountable to all of you that I am going to stop hiding and will now start to push myself out there and share my talents. Even more importantly though, I hope that it helps someone else who might be going through something similar.

Whew, now that was heavy (I promise that it won’t always be this heavy) but at the same time therapeutic. So I just shared one of my deepest fears with you guys, and my question for you is this…

Have you been hiding your light? And what are you going to do to let yourself shine? A big question I know but I think by sharing you actually start moving forward. Let me know in the comments below.


Unknown said...

You don't hide very well though. I noticed you the first time I met you with your pristine make up and very nicely done hair! You are shining your light already, but don't be afraid to turn it up another notch!

lotionspotionsandme said...

Lol, I clearly wasn't hiding enough...Awww on a serious note thank you so much Leillah, I really appreciate the comment :-) xx

Halima Bepo said...

I've been feeling the same way too.... I have all these great ideas in my head but I'm too scared to bring them to life because I feel no one will get it. I know I'm capable of a lot but fear keeps holding me back.

lotionspotionsandme said...

I know how you feel @Halima Bepo but you have to fight the fear and just go for it otherwise the only person you end up hurting and disappointing is you. A lot easier said than done I know but if it helps, try and think of me as your cheerleading squad urging you on.

P.s I have seen your work and I think it's great and till you try you won't really know what people will think. I was terrified to write this post but I have had such encouraging feedback. xxx

Halima Bepo said...

Thanks for much for the encouragement. It’s nice hear someone say my work is “great”. I’m learning slowly how to overcome my fears and so far its working but I just need to push harder. xxx

Tanaka said...

Thanks for sharing this - really inspiring. I have stepped out of my comfort zone after this and written a post I never thought I'd share publicly. I feel free and happy. I love you Segs xxx

lotionspotionsandme said...

I'm so glad it helped @Whatmummywore :-) . I just read your post and it was so real and inspiring (I just left you a comment) . It's all about stepping out and allowing ourselves to shine. Love you too hun. xx

àsìkò said...

I am proud of you my love.

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