The Train Poem – This collage speaks of the power each of us to affect our world. It’s a collaboration with my nine year old neighbor, Michael. It also speaks of resolving past traumas and figuring out how best to use my strengths in the world. It is based on the following quote from Marianne Williamson, often attributed to Nelson Mandela:
“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..”
The full poem can be viewed here on You-Tube. It’s one of my more often viewed poems, videoed by Kevin Dean of Air Capital Judo Club.