Long Days and Short Years

just trying to pay attention so I don't miss my life

A Quote that Sits with Me


“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’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 others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Sometimes credited to Nelson Mandela because he used it in his 1994 Inaugural Speech, but originally from Marianne Williamson.


5 thoughts on “A Quote that Sits with Me

  1. That quote makes me uncomfortable mostly because that’s a lot of pressure! In this busy life it’s much easier to say I don’t make much of a difference, I’m not quite good enough. When I realize I am good enough, in fact I’m pretty great, I can no longer live without taking risks, without caring for others deeply, without using my gifts. And some days, I’d rather not have to do all of that. It can be exhausting!

  2. This is the first time I’m reading this quote in its entirety. I LOVE it! As a person (and Christian) who has struggled with fear and worry-and continues to struggle with these issues- the quote reminds me that if I truly know and remember who I am in Christ, then I have nothing to fear. I am in Christ, and Christ is fabulous. At least this is how I interpret the quote. I could be missing the point-or parts of it!

  3. I’ve found a quote which is attributed to St. Augustine helpful in thinking about questions like this: “Humility is truth.” Honesty requires that we neither overestimate our importance nor deny our gifts or calling. Believing the truth about oneself provides the humility that guards against both pride and self-doubt.

  4. I thought of this post when I read this blog today. The topic requires thoughtfulness. We shine when we use the gifts that God has given us for love, healing, worship, etc. It’s the darkness of coveting that creates the spiral of judgment. On the other hand, we should never mistake the gifts for something other than what they are–gifts from God.


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