Confession: I read a lot of personal development books.
My love for the Self Help section of bookstores (seriously, do we still have to call it “self help”??) probably began when I was around 19. I’ve read everything from very practical books on, say, how to make body language work to your advantage, to way-out-there New Age philosophy stuff.
It should come as no surprise then that I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes.
Author Marianne Williamson is one of the wisest people I know of, and her Our Deepest Fear Is That We Are Powerful Beyond Measure passage from her book Return to Love gets me every time. (In this passage, she calls “it” God. You don’t have to get hung up on that; you can call it whatever you like. In fact, you don’t have to call it anything at all.)
“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. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. 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.”
– Marianne Williamson
Let it sink in.
What would the world look like if people stopped playing small, unconsciously or not, because we don’t believe we’re worthy of being absolutely amazing?