A reader sent me a quote, saying that just from the first 60 some pages of "King Beatrice", thought this quote beautifully embodied the ideals expressed in the book.
Give it a read and let's taco-bout it!
“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? . . .
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you . . .
As we let our 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.”
It is far too easy to fall into your own darkness, allowing yourself to see nothing but the negatives in your life and, in turn, giving that darkness power over you. Beatrice finds this to be all too true in "King Beatrice". However, if you've read the book, you know that she is an incredible woman, so full of life and with the amazing gift of contagious joy.
Some questions Beatrice asks herself in particularly Part Two are: Who am I to be beautiful, loved, strong, important? As Marianne Williamson beautifully states, who is she not to be? These are all questions with answers we must learn to find ourselves. Answers in which we must live and breathe and truly believe in in order for us to "liberate [us] from our own fear".
Liberation from our own fear is a tremendous theme within "King Beatrice". Whether it be Alex's fear of expression, society, and exposure, or Beatrice's fear of inadequacy, loss, and loneliness, it is vital to liberate ourselves from those fears. However, liberating in a safe way unlike Beatrice's downward spiral as she entered the world of drugs and self-loathing.
"As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
Throughout the story, we see time and time again how through Beatrice's lust for life and the beauty that comes with it, Alex blooms as well. He comes to life next to his King Beatrice just from him seeing her exude joy during their adventures. Take a look at your own life. Don't you feel more alive around someone who is smiling and laughing and inviting you to join them in their joy? Are you maybe that person? You just may be someone's sunshine and not even know it!
I encourage you to take today, tomorrow, and every day from here on, and be someone's sunshine (even if it's your own)!
What do you think about this quote?
It can be in relation to King Beatrice or just your life in general!
How does this quote resonate with you?