Thursday, April 06, 2006

Our Greatest Fear

I heard this in the movie "Coach Carter", but it really had an impact on me!

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our greatest 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, 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in ALL of us.
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, also often attributed to Nelson Mandela or Maya Angelou

1 comment:

Rohan said...

Very nice one Madan. I remember another one from Salman Rushdie's fury along the same lines.

"We are made of shadow as well as light, of heat as well as dust. Naturalism, the philosophy of the visible, cannot capture us, for we exceed. We fear this in ourselves, our boundary-breaking, rule-disproving, shape-shifting, transgressive, trespassing shadow-self, the true ghost in our machine."

Daily Humor

Locations of visitors to this page