"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." - Henry David Thoreau
Years ago, when I was an acting major in college, I studied with a Belgian movement teacher. As part of our final, we had to do several minutes of purely improvised movement. In her review of my work, my teacher told me (imagine this with a Belgian accent), "There was a moment, when you were in the corner of the room, that you just became huge. And that's the way you must live, you know - huge."
Every once in a while I remind myself of her words. Am I living huge?
Throughout our lives, we make mistakes. We have failures. We suffer loss and disappointments. And over time, we allow those mistakes and failures and disappointments to start to define us. We give more weight to the downs of our lives than the ups.
So instead of living huge, we make ourselves smaller than we really are.
What if, rather than being defined by our mistakes and failures, we choose to define ourselves by our successes? We would start to spill over the boundaries of ourselves, instead of being so contained.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson
I love this quote. Who am I not to be all that I can be? Who am I not to be brilliant and amazing? Why am I making myself small? Is it to make someone else feel better about themselves? Is it because someone, long ago, told me that I wasn't worth all the space I deserve? Whatever the reason, it doesn't serve me anymore.
So here's my challenge to you: Live huge. Fill up your space and spill over the edges. Sing your song out loud and let the world hear it.