This is one of my absolute favorite quotes. Take one more minute and read it again. Seriously, just read it one more time...
This is such a powerful statement. Her way with words is amazing.
Now, on to the deeper stuff. What do you think it means?! Take another minute and think about what it means. (I'll wait...). ... She is speaking to YOU when she writes this. In essence, she is saying that we are afraid of our successes (!!!), and not of our failure. She is saying that we feel "bad" when we're gorgeous, successful, funny, brilliant, and fabulous. She is saying that we act humble and play down our amazing qualities so that others won't feel insecure or lesser than us. That's what she is saying. Well... do you? Do you accomplish something great, and then feel like you shouldn't say anything so others won't feel bad? Do you receive a compliment and immediately brush it off and turn the conversation to something else? Do you work your a$$ off for a promotion, receive it, and then attest that it was due to something outside of your control?! WHY?!?!
The way I see it, Marianne has it right. From my understanding, Marianne is saying that we should celebrate ourselves!!! Celebrate our successes, our beauty, our love for ourselves, and our talents!!! What do we accomplish by holding ourselves back?! Nothing!!! We accomplish nothing except resentment, anger, and jealousy of those who DON'T hold back!
Celebrate YOU! Be proud of what you've done! In doing so, you inadvertently push others to do the same! Before you know it, everybody around you will love themselves, and that, my friend, will keep being contagious. You remember Pay It Forward. It's the same thing, but with happiness and attitudes. :):)
And when you have the days where you feel lousy (because they do happen), just go back and read Marianne Williamson. Then think about what it means for you. She knows how to straighten me out when I have an off day, and I hope that she can do the same for you fabulous people!! :)