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.
I am normally not a fan of poetry, but who cannot be moved by words like these? After hearing this poem spoken, I immediately knew that this was the lead into my next blog post.
A huge percentage of us want permission to “shine.” Yet, we refuse to give ourselves permission and instead ask permission from others. I remember a turning point in my journey to become “Catalyst John.” Mark Batterson writes in his book, The Circle Maker, “you are only one defining decision away from a totally different life.” All I had to do was give myself permission to go for it. Everything else that has occurred and will occur is because I was willing to give myself permission to take a risk and chase this opportunity.
Be true to yourself. Be “brilliant, gorgeous, talented, [and] fabulous”! Be the one who sees things differently and creates change! Be the one that will reach your potential! Be the one that will make an impact! Be the one that leaves others changed by just knowing you!
Contact us and let us know what we can do to help you on this journey.
– Catalyst John