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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 is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I watched Coach Carter last night on DVD (for the 3rd or 4th time!) and was reminded of a quote which was originally given by Marianne Williamson in her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles

Nowadays most people credit this quote to Nelson Mandela but Marianne Williamson’s book is where the quote originates. At the end of the day, what matters most is that people hear this quote and are inspired by its message.

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