Thursday, June 26, 2008

One of my all time favorite quotes

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is 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 fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Willamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela

5 comments:

Pikes Pickles said...

I love love love this quote. There are so many nuggets within it. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Chet & Liz Hugo said...

Wow, I think this now my favorite quote. Thanks, Della.--Liz

Tom and Lillie Wilkinson said...

Della-

I also love this poem, in fact I have it on my office door at work so that everyone that passes can read it. I do feel the need to correct you as it was not originally by Nelson Mandela. He quoted this poem by Marianne Williamson in his inagural address. Still it is a lovely sentiment and she also has some other poetry that is worth reading.

Drew

Della Hill said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.
and Drew, thanks for the correction.
I have gone back and fixed it.
Once in a while I try to remind myself "Who are you not to be?"
It really is a great quote.

-Della

Pikes Pickles said...

Della and DR Drew -
Come by and check out my blog today....some traffiic in your direction.