“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.”
This quote has really made an impact on me. The more that I look at the words and the meaning behind them, I believe them to be very true.
Maybe it is true that we are more afraid of what we are capable of. The fact that we can accomplish so very much, but we choose not to. At various times, I have witnessed people hide their talents so as to not make others feel bad. But isn’t that doing a huge injustice to ourselves?
We are meant to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be. That can mean so many different things to everyone. Whether it means professionally at the workplace or personally around your family and friends.
This quote has been used in two movies that I know of. There could be more, but there are only two that I’m aware of. The movie Coach Carter featured this quote when the high school basketball coach played by Samuel L. Jackson would ask his players, “What is your deepest fear?” The other movie is Akeelah and the Bee. This movie features Laurence Fishburne as a retired teacher that helps a young student prepare for the Spelling Bee. Both movies are a great testament to striving for the best version of yourself possible.