“Resentment is a product of a self-centered approach: unless you are doing and being what I want you to do and be I am offended. Living for God’s glory frees us to value and appreciate rather than resent one another…In fact, there can be no real unity without diversity.”
– Susan Hunt, “Spiritual Mothering,” p. 103
As countless people who have lived with me can attest, (my brother/college roomies/Peter), when I find a song that speaks to me, I like to repeat it. A LOT. My current obsession is a little song by Colbie Caillat, a ditty that was probably intended to help people get over a break up while carting around a box of kleenex. But somehow this song keeps unveiling layers of meaning for me – it reaches deep into my gut and makes me reflect on my life, my calling, my past and future, my spiritual life, my loves – pretty good for a ‘girlie song.’
Lotus flowers, prized throughout Thailand
I first heard this song while in an airport en route in Thailand on our recent overseas adventure. I kept coming back to the song, playing it over and over in different locations throughout Chiang Mai and then on the island Koh Chang – and it kept growing and growing on me. I listened to it over and over in Japan on our layover on the way home, and tonight I found the “settings:controls:repeat:one” function in i-tunes. It’s a very repeatable Liz song.
The melody is half of the power of this song, so you haveto hear it to get the full effect – but here are my favorite lyrics:
If this is how it hurts
it couldn’t get much worse
if this is how it feels to fall,
Then that’s the way it is
we live with what we miss
we learn to build another wall
‘til it falls…
If it’s between love and losing
and to never have known the feeling
I still side with love
And if I end up lonely
At least I will be there knowing
I believed in love.
Go on, go and break
my heart, I’ll be okay
there is nothing you can do to me
that is ever going to break me….
I’m fearless, better believe
“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.”