Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Playing small doesn't serve the world.

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 doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. 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 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.
- Nelson Mandela



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

wonderful, inspiring....

and as a south african it's great to see Nelson bandied about a bit.

On a whole - very interesting site.

Thanks.

DJEB said...

Glad you liked it!

Jill said...

Although Nelson Mandela read this in his 1994 inauguration speech, it was actually written by Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles," 1992.

DJEB said...

I didn't know that. Thanks.