In the weeks since I blogged last, we became grandparents! Katie and Kyle have a beautiful daughter named Adelynn Joelle. Now 2 weeks old, she's lifting her head so her grandmother the Pediatric PT can applaud appropriately. What a joy!
I watched a movie last weekend called "Akeelah and the Bee," the story of an inner-city girl afraid to show her smarts in school because she's harassed and mocked when she does. Her mentor shares a quote that speaks volumes:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, talented, and fabulous? But honestly, who are we to not be so? We were born to express the glory of God that lives in us. When we allow that light to shine, we unconsciously give permission for others to do the same. When we liberate ourselves from our own fears, our presence alone may liberate others." -Marianne Williamson
So how do becoming a grandmother and a PG movie with an inspirational quote end up on my writing blog? Because writing is all about confronting human fears - fears of getting old, being inadequate, changing roles, fitting in - and being brave enough to push through the fears in the search for truth. The truth is that my granddaughter is a fabulous gift to the world. She has much to offer. And so do I. So do you.