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06 December 2007 @ 01:02 pm
Tao of the Day  
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest 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, fabulous, gorgeous, talented? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You're 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's within us. It's not just in some of us. It's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we automatically give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.

-- Nelson Mandela [made it famous] (thank you, Jake (nplusm))
-- Marianne Williamson, Return to Love: Reflections on a Course in Miracles (thank you, Deirdre (evillinn))
(a.k.a. the super unabridged Atlas Shrugged)

"It seemed like a good idea at the time." - Tiffany Aching
"Then it probably was." - Granny Weatherwax

-- Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
Deirdreevillinn on December 6th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
I could be wrong, but I believe that quote was actually from someone else and Mandela quoted it in a speech.

Deirdreevillinn on December 6th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, actually, my quote loving self couldn't not look it up.

Supposedly the quote is from Marianne Williamson in Return to Love: Reflections on a Course in Miracles, and Mandela did use it in a speech.

Kburgunder on December 6th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
I think I need to read her book.

Thank you!
sculptruth on December 6th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ah! So timely, so perfect, so needed to hear. Thanks again.

[pins to wall]

Edited at 2007-12-06 09:13 pm (UTC)
Kburgunder on December 6th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Me too, girl.

Have you ever read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? I know a lot of people are frustrated by the black and white characters and clobbering of morales in it, but it was the first thing I ever read in my life that made this point to me.

Until then, I was a very apologetic creature.
sculptruth on December 6th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
You are truly a kindred spirit.

I love loved Atlas Shrugged precisely because of the unapologetic nature of it's principle characters (and philosophy). I think it affected me in much the same way, for exactly the same reason. I was apologetic for my very voice, at one time.

We need to forge ahead, no matter the shadow we cast, whether large or small--we are who we are.
Kburgunder on December 6th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Sometimes we cast shadows, and sometimes we cast sunshine. I think you're going to be one of my sunshine people. :>
sculptruth on December 6th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you; you're too kind.
nplusmnplusm on December 6th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I have been misattributing it for years :).
intrepid_reason: I love me.intrepid_reason on December 7th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I've spent a lot of time working on this very subject this year with my therapist.