Friday, December 5, 2008

Worth Re-Stating Again

This is from a speech given by Nelson Mendella eons ago...
I actually have it as the title page for Bradley's Year 1 or 2 scrapbook. I am listening to Jonathon Roche's No Excuses Weight Loss podcast and he challenged a caller with this.

It is very powerful.
Read it several times, every day.
It's about the way God created us before the fall but he still wants us to know and believe in ourselves.

"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 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 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Marianne Williamson, quoted by Nelson Mandela

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