Sisterlocks-Look I am a beautiful butterfly

I have been in a natural hair cocoon for seven years. I started this blog to chronicle the life and times of my sisterlocks. And from time to time any other random thing that suites my fancy or draws my ever so curious mind. You are welcomed to drop me a comment anytime and feel free to link to this blog. ***Please do not copy my photos without my expressed permission***

Thursday, January 18, 2007

You are my Mirror...

This poem was given as a part of Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech. It is one of my very favorite pieces. It is a poem that I reflect on often when I feel as though I am not living up to my promise.

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, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't 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 are 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."

** Authored and published by Marianne Williamson

When I was a little girl my aunt sat me down and said that each person in the world carries a light. She explained that it was my job to reflect that light to others and much like a mirror the light is then transferred to another person and from that person to another. She explained, that this was how one person could change the world... I can still remember her saying those words to me like it was yesterday...

This little story makes me think about our blogging community. We are women (and men) who share our triumphs, sorrows and joys with one another. With a simple hello or note of encouragement we can serve as the catalyst to lift another spirit. We each carry "cyber mirrors" making one woman's triumph another woman's joy.

Be brilliant!


  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger locizm said…

    how cool is that! your post is my affirmation.

    i first heard this poem when we went to see "Akeela and the Bee." i made a copy of it and placed it over my desk at work. this poem is one of the reasons i set off to engage in something i love to do (natural hair) but was afraid to step out. fast forward to 2007 and i'm now enjoying my passion with no fear! i'm happy and my clients seem to be happy too. peace

  • At 8:43 PM, Blogger CloudNine said…

    Locizm...I have not gotten the opportunity to see "Akeela and the Bee" I heard it was good. I read this poem in a office about three years ago. It really touched my heart...I am glad you find inspiration in it also!

  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger Mel said…

    Beautiful poem! Thank You for sharing it.

  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger whanny5 said…

    i love it!!


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