Our Deepest Fear
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’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.
— Marianne Williamson
Sometimes it’s easier to shrink away than to shine; To put yourself down before others can; To stop yourself from doing what you want out of fear of what others might think. Try-hard, weirdo, suck-up, show-off. What good is that language? What good is it to play small?
Liberate yourself from fear, and — just maybe — you’ll inspire others to do the same.