Thought for a Thursday: Shine

Mural[dropcap custom_class="normal"] "O [/dropcap]ur 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? ... 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.

... 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.”

From A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

A love letter to the library

LibraryBooks[dropcap custom_class="normal"] D[/dropcap]earest library, I love you so. I think it's important to tell you this on Valentine's Day. Because you will always be my Valentine.

I love that you welcome me in your doors and have books and graphic novels and DVDs and CDs and magazines waiting for me to explore on your shelves.

I love that you will never give me that look. You know, the one that says, "You'll never be able to read all those in the time allotted."

I love that I can renew anything I check out online, and that, really, I can extend those initial three weeks past a month.

I love that you know I very rarely watch the films I check out.

I love that you'll let me check out a book. Return it. Check it out again. Return it. Check it out again. Not that I would ever (cough, cough) do that.

I love that even when I have fines, you'll still let me check out materials, until those fines reach $10 at least. (Even though I'm trying really really hard to not collect fines any more.)

I love meeting new friends among your stacks. And if we don't get along that much, someone else will be there to make them their friends.

I love that you make me think. Ponder. Persevere. Learn.

Will you be my forever Valentine?