Friday, February 4, 2011

Who are you to be fabulous?

We had book club last night.  It was wonderful.  It wasn't perfect.  We aren't perfect people.  We make mistakes.  We have regrets.  We have trials.  We have issues.   We aren't always appropriate.  We aren't all loud, we aren't all quiet.  But no one can fit us in a box.

At book club we aren't moms, we're not teachers, we're not professionals, we're not wives.  We are women.  We are women.

Women who come together once a month with full acceptance.  Women who have been judged and have learned that no one can be judged.  Women who have stories.  Women who have lived different lives no matter how much "in common" some seem to have.  We are women who are friends, who care about each other dearly no matter how new to the club.  Women who like to laugh and have a good time.  Women who need to laugh and have a good time.  Women who appreciate each other for who we are.

When the evening is over we go back to our homes and we are ready to pick up our mom hats, our work hats, our job hats, our wife hats.  We are better for the experience.  We aren't always appropriate.  We aren't perfect.  We love our families.  And most things about our lives we wouldn't change.  We are women. We are fabulous.

"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


  1. Lora, you are so wonderful. Thank YOU for inviting me. And I LOVE that quote too :)

  2. So eloquent with the word things. :)

    Thank you.

    I agree completely. This is the first time in my life that I have something like this where I am allowed to be JUST ME and not worry about all my other hats. It's a nice change of pace. I look forward to the first Thursday of the month like a kid waiting for Disneyland. Can't wait.

    On a totally different note: book club continued in my dream last night. Don't remember anything other than so happy to see everyone again when I went to sleep. Is that weird? Don't answer that.

  3. Ah, how you make me constantly homesick! I miss having a bookclub like that. Keep meeting for the next ten years and when I finally get to move back to Logan, invite me to come, eh?

  4. So much fun last night- and many much needed laughs and conversations. It was nice to meet you- looking forward to next month already!

  5. LOVE this quote! SO great! AND I LOVE BOOKCLUB. It really is nice to just be ourselves. I always go there promising myself that I "won't be so loud this time", but who are we kidding? It just spills out with all of us together :) It's a deadly combination of fun :)