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Photographer Patricia Gulick

Saturday, September 13, 2014

1/28/14 RMB Dorothy and Marianne

1/28/14 RMB Dorothy and Marianne

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

This week Mike Dooley’s email mentions that Marianne Williamson is running for Congress. I think this is good news. I’m not into politics, but I do admire her work as an author.

She once said, "If you know what changes the heart, you have a clue as to what changes the world."

And here is an excerpt from one of her books: “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. You’re 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 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I don’t know where her political aspirations will take her, but I know words such as these have been missing far too long from our leadership.

Years ago I worked for a woman named Dorothy Giblin. She embraced the light without needing to define or research or investigate it. She would know things intuitively and just be glad she had that ability. I don’t think she would have called herself psychic. Yet, she recognized gifts in all of us and appreciated them. She has moved on to another life now, but memories of her are strong. Knowing her affected my character. Her birthday is today Dorothy Giblin (1/28/1926 – 11/10/2005).

The intention of this letter is three fold. It is to honor, with hope, all that Marianne might accomplish. With gratitude it remembers one precious soul named Dorothy, who’s light shown bright. And ultimately, it acknowledges that there is a light in each of us, one that makes us “powerful beyond measure.”

At day’s end, may you sleep well,


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