“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, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Apparently, I have long been mistakenly crediting Nelson Mandela for this quote. It’s one of my favorites. (So is Nelson Mandela, so I guess the mix-up makes some sense.) But I love the simple statement of self-worth; that we ought to be confident in who we are, not because of what others think of us, or even because we have a long list of talents, but simply because we are. Our very existence gives us the right to excel.
So I thought I’d share it. I don’t have much more to say about it. It’s good, and it’s true, and you’re all wonderful people. If you don’t believe it, stop lying to yourself! ◊