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Hiding Talent

Playing life small is safe. Remaining anonymous keeps the focus and pressure on others.  Yes, anonymity is a life strategy for far too many people.  Marianne Williamson once said:

"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.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine as children do.  It is just not in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously permit others to do the same.  As we get liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Is fear driving your life?  Are you afraid to shine? Does what others think of you matter?  Coming of age is typically considered adolescence.  I believe it occurs when we stop living based on what others think about us.  True freedom comes when the opinions of other people no longer handicap us.

Adolescence is a transitional stage of physical and psychological development that generally occurs from puberty to legal adulthood. Adolescence is usually associated with the teenage years, but its physical, psychological, or cultural expressions may begin earlier and end later.  I believe maturity comes much later in life for most and possibly never for some.  Enlightenment occurs when we can live our best life independent of other human thoughts.  We become free at last.

You are afraid of the light because it exposes you for what you are. Therefore, you suppress talent to mitigate expectations from others.  In doing so, you trade happiness for...

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