Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mandela's Mandela

Each day there are disturbing events in our daily global struggle to find the peace and security we all seek.

I read something the other day about fear that seemed to resonate with a profound truth.

Maybe you’ll think so too.


“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 and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

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 born to make manifest the glory....that is within us. Its 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.”

Nelson Mandela.....from his 1994 Inaugural speech.

I would like to think we can take these words and move them into the action of love and the belief of blessings and create the year 2011.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are so many ideas in that quote! If we accept that we all have power, then we little excuse not to get off our butts and take care of our particular situation. I can see how one might not want to face up to this. As for "brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous", she just helped me shovel the driveway! Hard to picture anyone using that description for me...

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