Shine the Light

“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 were born to make manifest the glory
of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it
is 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.”

– Marianne Williamson

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of
intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit
better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to
have succeeded.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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