“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. 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. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
These words belong to Marianne Deborah Williamson, and they are amazing. I heard them while watching a movie called Coach Carter (2005), actually a variant from the original words. Coach Carter is played by the fantastic Nick Fury (I know that’s not his real name) a wise basketball coach without the eye patch who wants to make a difference with a group of kids in high school, yet another enjoyable movie with Samuel L. Jackson, and I believe it is also a true story (?).
Anyhow, these words I believe are about how we auto sabotage ourselves in every aspect of life. Family, friends, co-workers and everyday situations; everything so that we can fit in a mold when we are our own shape and size.