Scared of your own strength?

Along the same lines of yesterday’s post, I have a quote I’ve been reflecting on for several months now. What do you think of this?

“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.”

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech.

The person I first think of with this quote is Mr. C, my TKD sabonim. He has liberated me from my own fear, and given me permission to see myself as talented and pretty. This in turn has allowed me to see the good in others, and encourage them in thier journeys. I think it goes deeper than just a simple boost in self-esteem; I think it is really a change in attitude and worldview. Take Mr. C for example. He makes no secret of the fact that he’s one of the best in his field. What differentiates him from arrogant jocks is his humility and his constant, child-like joy in his sport. This continued enthusiasm for what he does can only come from freedom from the sport itself; he sees it as serving a higher purpose (God) and thus is not enslaved to its demands.

This should be a wakeup call to all men out there: fufill your potential! Stop shrinking in fear! Expand into your bodies; don’t make your bodies a cave where a frightened boy dwells, but rather make it an extention of your amazing strength of character, strength which, despite your greatest fears, you all have inside of you and which you must, for the good of us all, let out.

But you can only do this if you are free. Pray for freedom from whatever binds you: addictions, self-doubt, abusive or manipulative family or girlfriend situations. See these as not just annoyances or crosses you must silently bear but rather as things that are holding you back from becoming your own full person. Only when you are fulfilling who you were meant to be can you ever be truly happy. I am praying for you all.

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One Response

  1. Thanks! This is really good encouragement–I appreciate it.

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