Knotty Musings

Ideas, philosophies, and evil plots to take over the world through love hatched here.

I Am Enough

"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

Remove the Nots

Remove the Nots

Sunday, January 3, 2010



by Max Ehlrmann (1948 and 1967)

Go placidly among the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the Universe; no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham and drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


  1. You post the most beautiful writings and poems. I love them. They are so inspiring and always have such a good message to think about.


  2. Thanks Iris. I try; some would say I think too much lol! I'm glad you enjoy them.

  3. I enjoy them too Paulissa. Good meat to think on. Were you named for a Paul in your family and you turned out to be a girl? It is a pretty name.

  4. Hi Cindy,

    No actually my mother had a best friend named Paula, so I was named after her. I kind of like having a unique name.

    On a side note, when my husband and I got married I got to choose a Hebrew name. So my Hebrew name is Eliana, which means "God has answered me."

  5. Paulissa, is it something wrong with my blog or yours. I can't see any of the comments here, including mine.

    I hope you are doing well.


  6. I don't know what is wrong with the comments portion but it's driving me nuts. I suspect it might have something to do with the template so I'll be trying that.

  7. Hooray!! It seems to be fixed. I love your new blog background and header. It is really pretty.
    It's been so long since we've talked back and forth. I hope your health is doing okay now. I read over on Spark that you had been depressed. I know how hard that can be. I sure hope you are feeling more up and that you are doing well.

  8. Hi Iris,

    I'm feeling much better now and working on getting healthier this year. The overwhelming depression has gone away; writing it out helped quite a bit and things will be ok.