I have read many of Mandela’s quotes over the last week, and one in particular resonated with me.
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
― Nelson Mandela
They are wise words which reminded me of another loved text. I love this passage by Marianne Williamson so much and read it often as a reminder not to play small.
“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.”
—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.
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