Friday, September 4, 2009

Let Your Light Shine!

As a kindergarten teacher, one of the first songs I teach my class is the old American spiritual, "This Little Light of Mine." It's a favorite because it affirms—musically—my faith in the transcendent qualities we each possess. Here's a quotation from Maryanne Williamson that expresses my sentiment well:

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 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


Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

I love the way the light is shining on the river and around you two in this photo, and Sarah's sweater adds to the glow too...It is a good accompaniment to your topic today.

What a great way to start the year, imprinting suggestions of intrinsic value and potential in young minds and hearts...

Your children are very fortunate...

Happy days

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...


I would like to be one of your students. I missed out of kindergarten because I was travelling with my parents. Do you think they would let me in for that reason?

Your light shines in this blog - every day.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn—
Thank you. The photo was taken in the late afternoon of the final day of my summer break. It's a time of transition from quiet to busy, from inner to outer. I love both summer and the school year. I am just as fortunate as my students; teaching is an interactive human exchange, yes?

Dan Gurney said...

Hey, Bonnie—

You can jump over to my Mr. Kindergarten Blog and live a little kindergarten vicariously through my students.

Or better yet, drop everything, move to California, and join the fun! I'd welcome you. Yes, I would. I've actually had almost fulltime volunteers before.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, where were you travelling to with your parents?