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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fear of Success

This well-known poem was offered to me in a therapists' on-line discussion group.  It bears repeating, often.  So, here I share it with you.  

 Maria Popa Schoeffler "• Paula, I really liked your question, and I think  It is morally right and also liberating to be true to ourselves...

Can I add a short poem to this? Here it is:

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, 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 not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.  
  (Our Greatest Fear, 
by Marianne Williamson, and erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela)" 
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