On more than one occasion the following favorite poem of mine has been mentioned during our Master Key Mastermind experience. This famous passage was penned by Marianne Williamson and has often been erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela quoting it at his presidential inauguration. It was featured however in the movie Invictus, about Nelson Mandela’s presidency and the South African Rugby team, as well as several other inspiring movies…and referenced again in our latest weekly webinar. No matter how often you read it you can see why people reference it when it comes to encouraging optimal greatness. Here is the poem accompanied with my brief commentary.
“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.” This brings to mind the idea that many, if not most people have some level of fear of success! Sure, that is contradictory to what most people will say when claiming they desire to be successful. I think on a real level they do indeed desire success but the fear, apprehension, change and work attached to what it requires often derails any consistent effort. At minimum we must honestly ask ourselves if we might be someone that statement describes. If the answer is yes, we then must determine what if anything we can and intend to do about it.
“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and 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 will not feel insecure around you.” Beyond being identified as a child of God, my favorite part of this section is the last sentence…”There is nothing enlightened about shrinking…” Too often people do one of two things: Try to overshadow others to feel important or shy away in order not to not offend or be seen. Neither action serves a good purpose in the long run.
“We are all meant to shine, as children do.” We could stop right there… Do you believe that? If you don’t none of the rest matters. It is important to remember that you were built the best, by the best, to do and be your best…shine!!
“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, (Note, even those who choose not to recognize or own it has the assignment) and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” This last part is so very important to keep top of mind. Every day along the way people see you and watch you. No, it is not (usually) a conspiracy, it’s just the way things are. People watch you and are influenced by what they see. What will people learn from you by watching you? Choose to demonstrate–to live out amazing!
Thanks Marianne (Williamson)