I love this quote. I have always thought that the amazing and wonderful Nelson Mandela said it, but as you notice at the bottom it has been mis-attributed to him for years and I am pleased to say I was NOT the only mistaken one.
“…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.”
If you don’t believe in “God” then this lovely quote doesn’t need to be any less relevant to you than anyone else. You could replace that word with whatever you DO believe in whether it be Spirit, Buddha, Supreme Being, Angels or anything else. For me it is a reminder that we must strive to be the best we can be.
This passage is commonly mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Address. It actually comes from the book ‘A Return To Love’ (1992) by Marianne Williamson
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