This poem is one of my favorites and it has transformed my life personally. It has empowered me to live a life of fearless authenticity, inside and out. I am passionate about seeing others embrace the power and freedom to create the life and personal style that we deserve. Hopefully, you too will be inspired to embrace a philosophy that I have personally phrased: “To thine own style be true!”
Our Greatest Fear
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
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 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 other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
The source is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. —Peter McLaughlin