Did I say I’d be back in mid Jan…. I meant early Feb…..
Apologies for extended break in transmission.

As a teenager, I collected quotes.  I had a small bound notebook that I had purchased while travelling in Nepal when I was 15.  In this notebook I wrote snippets from books I was reading, quotes from cards, posters, bookmarks and any other words that resonated with me at the time.  This notebook expanded into 2 or 3 notebooks.  I stopped filling the books some time in my early twenties, but every now and then I still like to collect the odd quote or two to inspire and remind.  I have a particular favourite on my fridge at the moment.

My mother is a quote collector.  Quotes on inner beauty by the bathroom mirror were not unusual. I found this quote on her kitchen bench when last at her house.  I had come across it before, but not in it’s entirety.  It is just what I need to hear at the moment.

“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 does not 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.” 

(Although often attributed to Nelson Mandela, this quote can be found in A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])

Each year I like to have a word to describe the year to come.  Two years ago, it was the year of ‘me’, last year the word was ‘survival’ and this year was going to be the year to find  ‘balance’.  I’m certainly more on track with feeling balanced this year and I was all set to join in Maxabella’s ‘one word for 2012′ meme earlier on in the year, but the word just didn’t feel right.  I read this great post about the myth of balance and realised why I hadn’t been comfortable with it.  So this year is going to be my year of allowing myself to overcome my fears and to shine and to explore even more of my creative side.

I’ve recently started up quote collecting again via pinterest

Do you collect quotes?  What is your current favourite?
What does the year ahead hold for you?

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