I just realized something.
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 and 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 born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us, it is 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.
by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (This quote is often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela.)
* American naval officer David Farragut is remembered for his Civil War victory at Mobile Bay and his rallying cry, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Farragut was a lifelong sailor, a boy-veteran of the War of 1812 and a career naval officer. During the Mobile Bay battle, one of Farragut’s lead ships struck a mine — then called a torpedo — and sank, causing confusion among Union sailors. To rally them to order, Farragut shouted to his flag captain, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead, Drayton!” and proceeded to sail through the minefield and on to victory.