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?
– Marianne Williamson
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Fear can be crippling. It shuts us down. It leaves us unable to act.
We believe it’s fear of the darkness that holds us down. After all, we have been programmed to fear it.
Throughout human history people have worked tirelessly to help us see in the dark.
First it was fire. We used it to prepare us for attacks from animals or other people. Then we used lamps and torches, which made it easier to work in the dark. Then it was the incandescent light bulb which has allowed us to thrive in the dark.
Darkness gives us a reason to feel fear. It represents our enemies lurking in the shadow. It represents a lack of progress. It represents the unknown.
We cower from our darkness. We feel inadequate when confronted with it. It looms over us ominously.Our greatest fear is the light inside of us Click To Tweet
Even so, the darkness is not what we fear the most. Our greatest fear is the light inside of us.
We all have that light. It allows us to be brave. To be bold. To face our darkness and confront it head on.Our light shows others the way. It gives them hope Click To Tweet
Our light shows others the way. It gives them hope. It makes them believe “I can do this too.”
That is why we fear it. It is easy to let our darkness consume us. We can just sit there passively and let it take over. Shining our light, however, takes work.
It’s hard to show others the way. It’s hard to offer encouragement when it feels like there’s no hope. It’s hard to be that shining light when sitting back is so easy, and that is why we must must do it.
We all have the ability to let our light shine. We must overcome our greatest fear and become that beacon of light, despite the darkness.