“…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.”
‘A Return To Love’ (1992) by Marianne Williamson
The authorship is often credited to Nelson Mandela but I think I have referenced it properly.
This passage was in our school planner for week one and is one of my favourite pieces of writing. It reminds me that by being the best I can be I am merely using the gifts and talents given to me and that I have a responsibility to share them. In my role of ICT Integrator, I am asking my colleagues to try new things that might be a little scary. I hope that I can light the way for them so they feel confident to try new things.
Are you a lighthouse that shines the way for others and guides them safely along the way?
I encourage you to share your light today. What can you do that will encourage others to be a little braver?