Sunday, February 21, 2010


"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 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 doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were 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're liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others."

Taken from Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.


Three Owls said...

I have read this many times and never grow tired of it...thanks for sharing.

Mississippi Made said...

It takes re-reading this many times for me to realize that we all need to shine and in doing so encourage others to do so. It is amazing to me to think that we are afraid of our own light and strength.

Lisa said...

Hello, I was just Blog-Hopping and ran across your blog. Very well written!