Our greatest fear

If you do not succeed in life; I don’t want you to blame your parents or the white man or the society. The responsibility is yours—blame yourself.

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others

                                                                           – Marianne Williamson

                     My words, my views, my style! Naijagirl©2009

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  1. We are our own worst enemy.Each man must account for themselves.

    • True words. we are our own worst enemies, probably cos we are more likely to limit ourselves than another.

  2. i lovee this quote to bits…
    Our presence does liberate others, guides them, shows them, that there is a way when there is a will to succeed!

    Great men and women have quoted this time and time again!
    it is phenomenal.

  3. As we are liberated from our fear,
    our presence automatically liberates others

    very true

  4. Yea but HOW do we begin to liberate ourselves from this fear?…

    • @Brokeass, It is a personal first for liberty. Th first thing is to realize that you have FEARS. After this, concentrate/meditate on this part of the quote:

      “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
      but that we are powerful beyond measure.
      It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
      We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
      gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
      Actually, who are you not to be?
      You are a child of God.”

  5. Hmmnn… great words!

    We all live in fear due to the inferiority complex we feel when comparing ourselves to others.
    This is because we have failed to unveil the great potentials in us and we have let other’s achievements to weigh us down.

    If we can only see that we are all individuals with inbuilt potentials that are varied only to complement eachoda.

    • wow, i couldnt have said it any better. kudos for this.

  6. Summary of this post: Every man has a responsibility for their own life.

    • whether we like to believe it or not–we are our own responsibility.

  7. Powerful beyond measure works for me…i can say that without fear!!

  8. Nice. Thanks for sharing.

  9. hmmm wise words. We are who we want to be.

    Happy new month 😉

  10. Listened to this quote yesterday, from Timo Cruz in the film, Coach Carter..

    This line spoke to me then.. “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won’t feel insecure around you”..

    As it resonates again now..

    Thanks Miss NG

  11. I always read/listen to this amazing quote slowly. Even thought about it this afternoon. The fine thing about it is that you cannot digest it one-time. I love it, and thank you for sharing it.
    Go bless you!

  12. Babe!
    first thot,”your on a roll”…….
    second thot,”now this is what I’m talking about”..
    lovely,simply WORD!!!

  13. @Chayoma….If only we knew the kind of power we possess, or the kind of thing deposited in us.
    @Danny…..true indeed
    @Brokeass….Most times, fear is a state of mind. You come out of it and you ask yourself “why in the world was i afraid in the first place?” Try to condition your mind or renew your mind.
    @Ochuko…I love that part abot “who are you not to be?…”

  14. @blog…see? good for you
    @Tigeress…thanks girl
    @BSNC….lol, Thanks and thanks again
    @Roc…thanks hon, I tuned in to the movie and after I heard the quote, I went ahead to look it up.
    @Cider…thanks a lot. God bless you too
    @Spesh…lol, thanks. hope you are good

  15. I find myself going over these lines, one after the other, and trying to print them out or stamp them where I can see ’em, especially at those times that I will need to have a conversation with “me”


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