I thought this quote would be a good way to start the week. It’s one of my favourites by Nelson Mandela. and always gives me the the shivers when I read it:
‘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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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.’
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This has been my favorite quote for many years now.Thank you for reminding me this morning of who I really am. I actually think that although many people think this to be a Marianne Williamson quote- it was actually written by Nelson Mandela.
Thanks for the correction on the source of the quote!
Maria, I realize this is an old old post, but couldn't you change it to reflect the correct source for the quote, since many people may read the post but not the comments?
Thank you for a wonderful blog!