Words from Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech

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 frightens us.
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 doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are born to manifest the glory of God within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone.
And as we let out light shine we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the
same. As we are liberated from our fear, our
presence automatically liberate others.

Nelson Mandela
President, Republic of South Africa
1994 Inaugural Speech

By Marianne Williamson