Quotable Sunday: on self

When I first read this quote a few years ago, it kind of blew my mind.  
i love how jackie is creeping through the dog door in this picture...

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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking
    so that others won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of god that is within 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 fears, 
    our presence automatically liberates others.

        - Nelson Mandela


  1. so beautiful and amazing.

    (and oh man, do I love your braids!)

    xox K

  2. this is perfect. it's so poignant to the post of mine that you commented on. beautiful.

  3. Just lovely... both you and the quote!

  4. Oh, I'll have to remember this when I am feeling inadequate! :)

  5. this is brilliant.

    also, i love your braids!