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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.
by Marianne Williamson. Used by Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela is a great example of a man who chose his attitude despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
If he was able to chose to get to know his prison guards – to understand them and ultimately use this knowledge to unite a nation – then who are we to allow our circumstances to prevent us doing what we know we need to do?
Jill Hutchison, Perth, Australia