Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Our Greatest Fear

 A few days ago I was meeting with a friend/mentor and as we wrapped up our conversation, he walked over to me and handed me a picture. In the middle of the picture was a quote and surrounding the words were beautiful pictures of his wife and children and other important people in their lives. The words were just what I needed and I hope you find them useful as well.

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.
Marianne Williamson

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