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February is Black History Month, and I’ve been active in its activities at work. During our rehearsals, I’ve gotten the opportunity to hear a reading of Marianne Williamson’s poem, “Our Deepest Fear.” Somehow this is the first time I’ve heard this beautiful piece. I think this is something we all need to hear, so I decided to share it with you.
Our Deepest Fear
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.
What is your favorite inspirational poem or quote? Let me know!