Excerpted from Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration Speech:
Our Deepest Fear is not that we are
Our Deepest Fear is that we powerful
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that
Most Frightens us.
We Ask Ourselves: who am I to be brilliant,
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 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
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