Who Am I To Be …

Who Am I To Be Brilliant ?

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?”
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 born to make manifest the Glory of GOD
that is within us

It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone
And when the 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’s Inaugural Speech (1994)


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