"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.
My favorite part of this quote is "Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."
What does it mean to play yourself small? For me, it means not living up to the greatness that's inside of you. The greatness that only you can add to the world. Sometimes we learn to play ourselves small in our own families. We're inadvertently taught that we shouldn't get too big or think too highly of ourselves. As we grow and our purpose in this world comes into fruition, this can be misinterpreted as becoming arrogant. So we try to diminish our energy. We try to take up less of the psychic space in the world. Sometimes, we learn to play ourselves small because of the envy of our co-workers or even the envy of our loved ones. When others are not living up to their greatness they can request a very high price be paid, but it's up to each of us whether or not we're going to pay the price. I say no to playing yourself small. Life is to short and the price is too high. Instead, go forth and prosper - mind, body and soul.
Remember, time is short. Do your happy dance. Enjoy life!