Our potential

A friend of mine, Paula, sent me this last week. Powerful stuff:

“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 doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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 is. 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela

After originally posting this on my old blog I received the following e-mail from Dave Schlicher from the College Community Congregational Church UCC Fresno, CA, USA:

“I’ve heard that this quote was actually written by Marianne Williamson (and may (or may not) have been quoted by Nelson Mandela.) (Put “Williamson,” “Mandela” and “inadequate” into Google and you’ll get a sense of the debate.) It’s a fine quote, but doesn’t have quite the impact without the attribution to Nelson Mandela.”

So there you go! Still, it’s a good quotation.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.