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The simple & profound power of words

Words are more powerful than we realize. They convey thoughts, ideas, motivations, and hopes. Words deliver us into our future. I’ve always loved words whether they’re spoken, written, sung, or signed. Naturally, I  like to share them. (Of course! That’s why I’m writing this).

A few years ago, I bought I new laminator for my office. You know how it is with new toys. I went a little crazy. I laminated everything I could get my hands on. I even made handmade bookmarks with some of my favorite sayings. I decorated them with various stickers, laminated them, and mailed or handed them out to friends or business acquaintances.

Recently, I received an email from a woman I hadn’t come into contact with for at least five or six years. Evidently, she’d been the recipient of one of my bookmarks:

“I want you to know what a positive influence you have had on me! Your “little gift” one year, a laminated quote by Marianne Williamson, started me on a spiritual journey that continues to this day. I thought you might like to know how your simple gesture uplifted me and improved my life.”

Wow. The power of words. So spread the love and share some encouraging words. We can change the world, one wild word at a time. Here’s one of my favorite quotes written by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles.It’s what I put on my bookmarks all those years ago:

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 unconsciously give other

People permission to do the same.

As we’re liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.

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