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Our Deepest Fear - stolen from somewhere

Our Deepest Fear

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, fabulous?"

Actually, who are you not to be?

--in a movie i cannot remember the name of, this quote was attributed to W. E. B. DuBois... i find on the web, it was by a woman named Marianne Williamson. regardless of who this original thought belongs to, it is worth pondering, sharing, remembering. so, here's to all of you, give everything you can, even if you think there's nothing left. someday, somebody may surprise you, and point out the best things youve missed about yourself for way too long.


I remember in 6th grade, I was a really good runner, and good at a lot of other things. In P.E. class, we were presented with hurdles that we had to jump over in track. The minimum requirement was two hurdles, but we could jump over all four if we really wanted to. I did really want to. I flew over them, feeling incredibly proud of myself at the end of those hurdles.

I was not part of the popular crowd, and my talents were hated by these people because they were not able to do these things themselves. As I turned around to go back to the end of the line, the girls in the popular crowd were yelling at me, "SHOWOFF!!" I was hurt, and realized that the only reason I was being ostracized was because I was not part of their crowd, and yet I was doing something better than they were.

There have been many other instances like this in which my abilities to shine were squashed by those who were afraid to shine themselves. In a world full of people like this, sometimes it takes a hell of a lot of courage to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous.

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