A Poem - "Our Deepest Fear" by Marianne Williamson

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  1. cheetorBWORG

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    I just thought I would like to share a poem to my fellow TFWers that I recently found, from a course that I'm currently taking.

    Our Deepest Fear

    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, handsome, talented and fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?

    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 within us.
    It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

    And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
    other people permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our fear,
    our presence automatically liberates others.​
     
  2. Lock Cade

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    That's one beautiful poem.
     
  3. Optimus Sledge

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    Arsehole

    It is shy as a gathered eyelet
    neatly worked in shrinking violet;
    it is the dilating iris, tucked
    away, a tightening throb when fucked.

    It is a soiled and puckered hem,
    the golden treasury’s privy purse.
    With all the colours of a bruise,
    it is the fleck of blood in albumen.

    I dreamed your body was an instrument
    and this was the worn mouthpiece
    to which my breathing lips were bent.

    Each note pleaded to love a little longer,
    longer, as though it was dying of hunger.
    I fed that famished mouth my ambergris.

    Craig Raine
     
  4. llamatron

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    You need to take a course that's not a complete waste of time and made of total bullshit.
     
  5. Bryan

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    I'm terrified that I'm inadequate and of the "darkness" inside me.

    And there damn sure isn't glory in most people, much less all.
     
  6. DestronGenerals

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    seriously man he's right, no offense.
    i've taken my fair share of creative writing and poetry courses, and that poem pretty much falls on its face as far as succeeding using any sort of poetic device.

    it belongs in a self-help book. Or a 7th graders diary.
     
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    Needs more rhyming.
     
  8. cheetorBWORG

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    I am in a Life Skills course. I have socializing, confidence and self-esteem issues. Basically a self-help course. So, this is rather important to me.

    But I understand if everyone is happy. I mean... I only posted this to share my experience with what I'm learning.

    Also, I watched a video of Motivational speaker Les Brown. If anyone is interested, just Google him. He's great to listen to.
     
  9. DestronGenerals

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    glad you didn't take offense, do what you need to do and I wish you luck in the course.

    i assumed it was a poetry course, in which case my statement still stands about it lacking merit as a poem ;) 
     
  10. Bryan

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    How does a Life Skills class help you with self-esteem? Does it teach you stuff to improve yourself so that there's more things you like about you, or is it more about telling you to like who you already are?
     
  11. llamatron

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    Yeah I also kinda assumed it was some kind of literature course...

    But if you're looking for a self-esteem boost I know a kind of course that will help you improve your self-esteem, get you into great shape, meet lots of new people, visit lots of cool places AND you get paid to do it!
     
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    I'm kind of tempted to ask what a "life skills course" is,and why you'd have to take it,but I can't see the convo ending well.
     
  13. cheetorBWORG

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    llamatron, I already know what you're going to say, but I'd rather not join the Military. I may have expressed real disdain for the military in the past, but I realize now that it's "to each their own". My own now is "Thanks, but no thanks."

    Generally, my class is summed up in these words: "I am just as important as everyone else." It's to make me realize that I have importance, and that I should come out of my shell and share my thoughts and feelings. It does no good to keep them bottled up inside. But I should also respect other people and their thoughts and feelings. Keeping the "I-Thou" intact. Not making myself higher than the other person, nor lower. "I am just as important as everyone else."
     
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    This is a court-ordered thing,isn't it? :crazy: 
     
  15. cheetorBWORG

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    Nope, completely voluntary. It was recommended to me, and I decided to jump on it. I wanted to change my outlook on life. So far, it's going pretty good.
     
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    Llamatron is more important than you. :) 
     
  17. cheetorBWORG

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    It's completely your opinion, Omega. But we are all equal. And we can all be great beings. That's my view.
     
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    You know what my deepest fear is? Spiders. Fuck I hate spiders.

    I don't know what all this inadequate stuff is about, but man, fuck spiders.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's fact.

    And we're not all equal. Some people have done more with their lives than others. Some people have greater natural talent than others. But, that doesn't stop you from making the most of what you have.
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Yeah, no. Everyone isn't important. I don't care what your "view" is, you're wrong, as much so as if you'd told me that the moon was made of green cheese because that was your view.

    Seriously. Some people are nothing more than a worthless waste of space, and it's insane to think that everyone can be great. And lots of folks are more important than others. For example, I'm comfortable saying I'm more important than...let's say 80% of the planet. And that's probably a conservative estimate.

    Your "life skills" class is accomplishing the exact opposite, in that it is conditioning you to fail at life by believing that you're already important, thus preventing you from seeking actual greatness in favor of lowered personal expectations. You're not great or important. Trust me, you'd know if you were. So instead of going to a class that lies to you about how great you are, why don't you focus on becoming great instead? With actual classes or work experience or whatever?

    Incidentally, you don't have to respect other people's thoughts and feelings. Not if they're stupid or wrong. I sure don't. The problem isn't that you don't respect others' views, it's that your views suck and other people disagree with them, and you're apparently unable to reconcile that fact internally and adjust your worldview appropriately.

    Oh, and incidentally...you have disrespected my career before and insulted me and my co-workers. But you know what? One of us has a successful career and outstanding self-esteem, and the other is in a Life Skills class reading poetry about how great he is instead of getting paid for kicking ass. I'm just sayin', the proof is in the pudding and all that.
     

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