I, like many of you out there, was brought up as a child to be selfless, to share everything we had. When we were kids, I had 3 brothers and an older sister. We were always taught to share our toys, share whatever we had because that’s just what you did as a loving child and as a loving person in this world. I’m sure you were brought up much the same way to share what you have in life, share with those in need, share your toys when you’re a kid. It’s all about sharing, about being selfless, and not being selfish.

So why, then, are we so predisposed to be selfish with what we know? With the knowledge that we have, with the things that we could share with this world and improve the world and make this world a better place. I get it. There’s fears involved. We don’t want to be in the public spotlight. We just don’t want to take on that mantel. I get it. I’ve been there myself, but recently a good friend and mentor of mine, Mr. Ray Higdon, brought to my attention that if you have something to say, why be selfish and not say it and not share it with the world?

So I’m asking you the same question. Why would you hold back your gifts? Why would you hold back on what you know? I’ll guarantee that you know more than just one little thing, based on your insight, your history, what you’ve been through in this life. If you took that one thing and shared it with the world, you will create shift.

Why would you be selfish? Do what you were taught by your parents and by your grandparents as a little child. Share what you know and be selfless. Contribute to the world and amazing things will begin to happen. With that, I want to leave you with this quote that’s been floating around in my head for the last couple of weeks. Many of you probably know Marianne Williamson, and this is one of my favorite quotes in the entire world. Most people know it from when Nelson Mandela quoted her in one of his speeches.

“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..”

So go out and take that bushel basket off and let your light shine for the world. Be selfless. Contribute. It’s what the world needs more than anything now at this point in history.