Thursday, October 23, 2008


There is a quote I received at UVSC while I was in the Education program. Since that time it has meant a lot to me. I have had another hard week and this quote has been on my mind today. I thought instead of dwelling on my problems, I would try to focus on living up to my potential. I want to be someone who inspires those around me to be better. It is hard to be constantly motivated, especially when you feel your efforts aren't noticed. Even harder when you are trying so hard and you feel like you can see where you want to be, but you can't quite get there. I don't care what one or two vocal naysayers say, I am a son of God and have endless potential. I can inspire and lead, I can do anything I set my mind to. Watch out world, here I come! Anyway, here is the quote.

"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 other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is 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 Mandella


elysehawks said...

I love that quote! My mom told it to me a couple years ago. It is so true. On my way home from work today I was thinking of that type of thing (ok, so maybe I was talking out loud to's all cool). How much potential we all have. I love being happy and optimistic and knowing how great we all are!

Dan said...

That's a hard one to live by, though I wish I could. It's so easy to be mediocre, and we cheat ourselves by not being our best. Thanks for your thoughts.