Next time you feel like you oughta be smaller, safer, less shiny…(re)read this.
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 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 others.
Most folks attribute this quote to Nelson Mandela. Fact is, author Marianne Williamson wrote it (it’s understandable, seeing as how easy it is to get the two of them confused).
* this was first posted by Waylon in June 2008 (~ reposted by Braja)