Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
“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.”
Marianne Williamson is pretty damn brilliant. This quote has such a fluid and poetic quality to it. I find her words to be both comforting and completely inspiring.
I work in an incredibly cutthroat industry. But life is not a competition. If someone else shines, well, so can you. None of us should ever be afraid of our own intelligence, beauty or power. What good are all of your talents if you don’t share them with the world?
The common assumption is that people avoid risks because they fear failure. But in this quote, Marianne Williamson turns that notion on its head. The real question is: what if we succeed? What if we rise to the top in our professional and personal lives?
We should never feel that our triumphs hurt others. Our successes are not an assault on someone else’s shortcomings. We all possess the potential to achieve greatness. It’s all good. We just have to be willing to take the risks necessary to make our lives great.