Thursday, November 12, 2009

Think About it Thursdays

Crystal at SoulMate Coach found this poem that I love by Maryanne Williamson. It was used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech: "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. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make and 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."

20 comments:

Andrea said...

AMEN! Awesome post! Boy did I need this, today.
Blessings, andrea

Jessica said...

Hmmm, I just read that on someone else's blog. It's an interesting way to think, though I'm not sure I totally agree.

Tamika: said...

One of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard.

Thanks Diane!

Susan R. Mills said...

Interesting post. I love the picture.

Teri said...

I love the part about being powerful beyond what we believe. Perhaps we all hide under the impression that we aren't good enough, though we really know that we are. May we all know our potential and live up to it!

Angie Muresan said...

I have this one printed out and framed on my office wall. I read it whenever I feel down and it really picks me up. Or whenever I feel I will never amount to my imagined idea of myself. Thanks for thinking of sharing it.

Donna B said...

What is the name of that poem? I too liked it. I love your background. Did it come from blogfairy.com? I have wanted to try to do a new background...but am so paranoid about erasing my blog...(can you tell I am new to blogging?) Good for you taking control and only blogging 3 days a week...I feel compelled to blog every day, but would probably be far more interesting if I paced myself better.

Karen said...

Wow, that puts a twist on our regular thinking. Hmmmm.

Nancy said...

What a big idea about the hugeness of our potential. And a great reminder. Thank you.

Kathryn Magendie said...

oh, beautiful!

Some Like it Vintage.com said...

Fantastic post! Very uplifting and strong. No surprise it came from Mr. Mandela, probably the strongest willed man of our time.

Journaling Woman said...

Wonderful inspiration. Love the photo too.

alicia said...

Amen! That is beautiful! It causes great discussion and I love that!

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Sande said...

Made in His image, exactly the way He wanted us, to boldly walk out truth, for His pleasure.

Lisa Bevere copied that speech in her book Nurture. Doesn't that imply that our greatest trap is unbelief ... we don't believe Him when He says that we are valuable, we belong and we have a purpose.

My name is PJ. said...

Goodness! I have a book I've compiled of quotes that resonated with me over the years and this is one of them! I like you already!

Jill Kemerer said...

That is beautiful. And the music with it? Oh yeah! Thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Terri Tiffany said...

Powerful poem and a unique way to look at who we are:))Have a great weekend!
I got your package yesterday!!!! On a cold blustery day--thank you!

Jen Gray said...

I absolutely LOVE that, how inspirational!
Thank you for ur sweet comment on my Blog about my son! You're a doll!
JEN xoxo

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I remember this poem vividly...definitely something to live by. We are more powerful than we believe...we just have to believe.

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