We leave tomorrow. For Africa. One more day of class, frantic packing, and yes, I am sure, one more trip to Target.

Though I do have to keep reminding myself to breathe, I have such a calming feeling of being in the right place at the right time. After two days of working with this great group of students, that feeling is even stronger. They are hard-working, honest, creative, open and nervous. That’s exactly what we need.

This quotation from Marianne Wiliamson hangs above my desk.  “We are all meant to shine.”

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




Carol Zuegner

About Carol Zuegner

I am a journalism professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I teach writing, social media, media entrepreneurship, international mass communication and I am lucky enough to be a part of Backpack Journalism. I focus on interviewing, writing and being Mama Zoogs.

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