‘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 darknes, that most frightens us. We ask ouselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, taleneted and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t save the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear our prersence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela – Inaugural Speech.