Friday, July 30, 2010

Our Greatest Fear

This is very out of character for me but I just came across this quote (don't know why I've never read it before!) from a Nelson Mandela speech in 1994 and think it's incredible and wanted to share it on this sweltering Friday afternoon...

"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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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 line shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Be brilliant!

(From a speech given by Nelson Mandela in 1994. Originally written by Marianne Williamson.)

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