Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory

So we are watching Akeelah and the Bee tonight, a happy kind of movie, and I’m trying not to think about the fact that tomorrow is my last full day here. But it’s unavoidable. I guess you could say I’m doing ok. I’m not a wreck or anything, I’m excited to go home. I will miss this place and especially the people…it’s a necessary, messy, beautiful, difficult, joyful transition ahead. In other news, Friday we finished the big library project barcoding and scanning books, then went out for ice cream in downtown Athens with some fellow Americans serving in Greece for the summer. Today Meg, Kelsey, and I took a trip down the brand new (this week!) metro stops. We visited a mall, then spent a few hours sharing stories at a beautiful coffee shop/house project. Each area of the coffee shop was designed like an area of the house, so there was an “office” with books and computers, a “dining room” with a few big tables, and lots of rocking chairs and couches for the “living room.” Did I mention it was right by the sea? What a great time to be together. Pav joined us for an evening along the seacoast and some beach time. Also found the temple of Poseidon (for those of you who know where that is).

Now enjoy this quote from the movie:

“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.”

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