Our Deepest Fear
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, handsome, talented and 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 within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
I first was given this as a quote from Nelson Mandela but have also seen Marianne Wiliamson as the author. As I am not completely sure who was the original author of it I put down both of their names. When I was first given this quote it spoke to my soul. This is what I do. I play the insignificant role so that others feel good. I feel self conscious and uncomfortable when I am the center of attention. So instead I let others think they are fixing me. This especially shows up when people talk to me about my writing. I will always be the first to point out it’s faults. I also try to downplay their compliments. Instead I need to let my light shine and strive for success rather then be afraid of it. How else will I grow?