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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?

Actually who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesnít serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonít feel insecure around you.

We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; itís 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. President of South Africa. Extracts from his 1994 presidential inaugural address.