FWD: you are powerful (Mandela)

Rohit Khare (khare@w3.org)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 11:56:21 -0400 (EDT)

Here is a quote from Nelson Mandella's
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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am
I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are
we 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It
not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own
lights shine, we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our
presence automatically liberates others."