Recently I had an idea. I thought it was a pretty good, viable idea, but the thought of implementing it made me nervous. As if on cue and without my even having discussed it with anyone, two people made the same suggestion to me. I accepted it as confirmation to move forward. As I started to formulate a plan, I heard a little voice in my head ask:
"WHO do you think you are?"
And it ALMOST derailed me - this disembodied voice. Mentally I responded with "Yeah, this is going to be hard - why do I think I can pull this off? Maybe I shouldn't..."
I stopped, then I posed the same question to myself "Who do you think you are?"
And, alone in my living room, I responded aloud:
"I am a woman who works hard to make good things happen and deserves to have good things happen in her life."
Then I set about the business of getting my work done.
Later on, I thought about it. It's so easy to get in our own way and to talk ourselves out of doing things that challenge us. To leave the hard work to people more worthy and better equipped to do the work than our own lowly selves.
But maybe we've been looking at the question all wrong. Maybe "who do you think you are?" shouldn't be condescending question, but a warning to keep us from squandering our talents. Feeling unimportant and thinking of just fading into the background? Why on earth would you ever do that? Just who do you think you are?