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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?

JpGee 4 Jan 1

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Strike #2.


Eh, I used to think I shed more light than heat, but in recent years have started to question that. I joke that I'm not the man I used to be, and apparently in fact never WAS the man I used to be.

I think it's memes like this that habituate us to the notion of having a starring role in our own personal melodrama. My life isn't all (or even mostly) about me. It just IS. Stuff happens. I like some of it and dislike a lot of it. Doing the wrong thing mostly (though not always) guarantees bad outcomes; doing the right thing mildly encourages, but does not guarantee, good outcomes. If you measure your life by things like how much your children (don't) adore you or whether your spouse stays with you or whether the work world showers you with lots of easy money, you're pretty much guaranteed to be disappointed. I measure my life by whether I was true to the light I had at any given point in time -- if I did what I understood to be right, even when difficult or inconvenient or at my own expense. Whether people value that or squander it is their problem and is not an occasion for an existential crisis.

Conversely, pretending that I'm fabulous and talented and brilliant (just like everyone else!!) is ego inflation and self-aggrandizement, sorry. I'm an insignificant fleck of biomatter in an indifferent universe that doesn't exist FOR or BECAUSE of me. And if you really get down with that, it can lift a tremendous burden off of you -- a performance burden of inhuman proportions.

So very well stated.


What is all this "We" shit?

Got a mouse in his pocket apparently


Here are the following sentences which helps to put Williamson's quote in perspective:

"Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. <snip> We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us."


Actually, not anymore. At my age, it is NOT my light that frightens me.

twill Level 7 Jan 1, 2020

I know it’s not from me I I just really love the quote neve was taking credit for it

JpGee Level 4 Jan 1, 2020

If you want any credibility on this site please either give us your own insight or credit the original author.

This is a quote from Marianna Williamson.

actually it is nelson mandella. (i am not surprised at all that she plagiarized.) but it's still not from JpGee


@genessa Thanks for putting me right on that. I thought it seemed a bit insightful for Marianna Williamson and I knew I had heard it before.

@Geoffrey51 she does not seem to be the brightest bulb in the chandelier lol. but imagine, someone quoting her quoting mandela and neither had the decency NOT to pretend it was their own stuff!


"This is a quote from Marianna Williamson."

You are correct. It gets misattributed to Mandella often. From the Nelson Mandella Foundation website:

"Nov 9, 2007 – Mr Nelson Mandela is an often quoted individual; his inspirational words are often referred to in numerous publications, television and radio broadcasts, and online. However, a quote commonly attributed to Mr Mandela was in fact never uttered by him."


@VictoriaNotes okay. Thanks for that!

@VictoriaNotes Thanks for putting the record straight. I hate unattributed quotes, but I hate misappropriated quotes even more!

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