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.
I love sports movies. So much so, I should probably write an entire post on it someday. The other day, I watched Coach Carter for the first time on TV. Samuel L. Jackson usually puts me off a movie but I watched it anyway. There was a scene in the movie, where a kid quotes the above (taken from a book by Marianne Williamson)and I had to look it up and post it here. The film stripped the quote of any references to God, and I preferred it without the religious slant, but either way it's still powerful and I felt like I needed to hear/read this particular thing right at that moment. Just thought I'd share.