Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What I've Been Thinking About...

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 the universe.

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 manifest the glory
of the universe that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone

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 others.

Nelson Mandela, President, Republic of South Africa
From his 1994 inauguration speech

UPDATE: The quote is actually by Marianne Williamson and not by Nelson Mandela.

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