Be All You Can Be

Yes, this used to be the Army’s slogan a decade or so ago.  It’s a good message, nevertheless.  (I’m an Air Force brat, myself.)

I came across this quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural speech the other day as I was excavating my desk.  Whether you believe in God or not, it has a powerful message that in many ways resonates with the essence of the books I’ve been reading lately:  Tim Ferris’ 4-Hour Work Week, and Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity.

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 doesn’t 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 that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s 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.


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3 responses to “Be All You Can Be

  1. One of my favorite quotes. Great post

  2. Caryn

    Thank you. I’d only had a part of that and now I have it all.

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