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
Safe and Comfortable