our deepest fear

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Good morning! I am off (super early) to the sidewalk sale downtown in Daley Plaza with Susie and Charlotte. We will be there 9-3 today and tomorrow.


My trip to Six Flags yesterday was very nice. It was great to go on ‘vacation’ with Erwin, if only for one day. We enjoyed roller coasters, Wendy’s drive through (cookie dough frosty!), and a four-year-old singing karaoke to “Dancing Queen.”

The first annual Online Sidewalk Sale was a huge success in only it’s first day. I am completely blown away by the number of orders and order sizes – you ladies really like Astor St :). I also appreciated the many supportive emails I got.

But to be honest, sometimes encouraging letters like these roll off my back. And any perceived negative feedback tends to stick with me way longer than it should. As I talked to Erwin about these reactions, I remembered a passage written by Marianne Williamson. I’m going to let it marinate in my brain this week, and if you haven’t already read it, I hope you enjoy it too.

Our Deepest Fear

“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. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

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  1. Jill

    So uplifting on this sunny morning… thanks Jess! A truly great reminder!

  2. pve design

    fast food is scary…and roller coasters too…but 4 year olds singing makes it all less scary and more fun.

  3. Jess

    @ Jill, Emily, and Racheljo: Glad you like the quote!

    @ PVE: Yes, the little boy was priceless. The whole crowd was clapping for him. I hope his parent’s got it on tape!

  4. Julie

    Jess – nice to find your website & your blog (found it through Jules @ Pancakes&Frenchfries. Love your jewelry!! And then I saw your blog post “our deepest fear” and knew I had to leave you a comment. This is one of my all time favorite quotes. (and I’ve bookmarked your website for future goodies!)

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