Words To Live By #3

The poem “Our Deepest Fear” by American author, activist and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often mistaken as part of Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech, although it does not appear in the speech at all.

This poem shows how powerful we truly are. Read this poem slowly and let its truth sink in.

“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’s 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’re liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.”


May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Kelly Curtis








51 comments on “Words To Live By #3

  1. kevin cooper says:

    Great message. 🙂

  2. Fantastic words! Thank you for the the inspiration Kelly!

  3. Malinda says:

    What a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing😊

  4. I remember how awestruck I felt the first time I heard this sentiment…wish all children could be raised with this truth.

  5. Ellen Hawley says:

    For this to work for me, I need to take god out of the equation–no argument with your beliefs, but I don’t share them. But having done that, the thought still works.

  6. charlypriest says:

    Powerful poem. The first four lines I have them written down(somewhere) that I took from a speech from the movie ” Coach Carter “. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_fDhqRk_Ro
    I´ll have to see more about Marianne Williamson, thanks for the post.

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