When I was in yoga teacher training, we passed around Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie, under the common belief that this was a magic book.
No matter who held it, and no matter which page was randomly flipped to, Melody’s words always seemed to be exactly what the reader needed to hear.
My copy is bookmarked and slightly water-damaged. I keep it in my little meditation nook, reading it when I’m too sleepy to meditate, or when I’m feeling particularly in need of some advice.
This quote gets me. It gets me because I lived a large part of my life wondering what right I had to shine. At the end of the day, I have always been responsible for the intangible limits I’ve placed on my career, my relationships, and myself.
It’s strange to challenge myself to see how much further I could go if I really didn’t hold back. My first 23 years have been pretty sweet, so it’s rather exciting to think about yet another level of possibility.
Now is a time of light. It’s time for us to shine.
Damn, Melody. Damn.