Your playing small does not serve the world

Two dear friends send me this quote this week, and I’m really thankful, as I’d heard it before, but didn’t know where it came from or where to find it!

All I can add is a request:

Please, however you do it,
find your bigger game, and start playing it, soon!
You owe it to yourself and those you care about.

Here’s the longer passage:

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

— from A Return to Love,
by Marianne Williamson


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