Sunday, March 16, 2008

"Your playing small doesn’t serve the world..."

"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?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are 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."

-Nelson Mandela


A few weeks back in sacrament meeting, my friend, Liza, gave a great talk. This quote really inspired me. She was kind enough to email it to me and I thought I would share. Some of us shine in the spotlight and some of us shrink. I'm a shrinker! But what good does that really do? it doesn't. Just something to think about.

My Sunday Five...

1. People who let their light shine.
2. I am included in everyone.
3. I am a child of God and I have a testimony.
4. Nelson Mandela.
5. Playing BIG.

10 comments:

Katie said...

This is one of my FAVORITE quotes. I actually have it typed up on my picture board. Why is it so hard to believe?

Maureena said...

That's one of my favorite quotes, too! The week that Liza said that in church, we talked about it for FHE.

Also, I love that I'm included in everyone, too. Thanks for your five!

Davis's in Deutschland said...

Shelby,
I love your blog! I can't believe how big the kids are! They are all still so darling. I'm in Utah for a couple(6) more months. I would love to catch up! Email me at marianne.l.davis@gmail

Also one of my favorite quotes

kelly said...

(goosebumps) I have never heard that quote before and I loved it.
Also, I love your list.
Also, I love YOU!

Sue said...

Love this quote! I came across it on my mission, and it's held a prominent place in my scriptures ever since.

LL said...

Such a great post! Thanks for sharing that quote, I love stuff like that!

Christy said...

One of my favorite quotes as well! Sounds like a great talk was given. Shelby, you do shine even when you don't feel like you are. You're an amazing woman with great strength. Thanks for sharing! Love your 5. Shine On!

Heather said...

What is BIG?

Candy said...

Shelby Lou. Great stuff. You will never be a shinking violet. To all of us who know you, you are a lighthouse.
I had only heard half of that quote, thanks for sharing that with us.

Anonymous said...

Late to leave a comment here. That's great and very powerful quote.
It is often attributed to Nelson Mandela, but, in fact, was written by Marianne Williamson. Google for her name to learn some details about her. . .

Cheers. . .