“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' 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 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 all of us. And when 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.” ~ Maryanne Williamson
I just watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee, and her coach has her read a version of this quote. It really spoke to me. It's all about having self-confidence, and how having a positive attitude about yourself helps others feel good about themselves, too. I'm not actually sure if this is the case (I have plenty of friends/acquaintances who have self-esteem issues), but I like to think that my confidence helps them know that it is possible to love yourself unconditionally, and how everyone in their own way is special. Akeelah's coach in this movie had this quote hanging in a frame on his wall. Maybe we all should to remind us of how amazing each of us is!