I was listening in to Marianne Williamson’s speech during the Inspiring Women Summit today, and something she said at the beginning of her call resonated with me. She was talking about the state of women today in general (though more focused on Western women) and she mentioned that it was not just about getting power, but learning how to use it.
Marianne Williamson is also famous for her quote about power:
“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 is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
As young women, it’s difficult to see how we are powerful. We are often working on building up our careers to become powerful, not recognizing that we are already powerful.
Our advice of the week is to think about how you’re powerful in your life, and use it to make a difference in someone else’s life. For example, you might have a younger sister who looks up to you and would benefit a lot from hearing words of encouragement or advice. Or you might hold a leadership position in your school, community, or religious institution, and you can think about how you can use that position to impact the people around you.
How will you use your power this week?