When I first read this poem, it stuck with me. I read it over an over again, knowing it was describing every crevice of my body. It became my mantra, my favorite group of words, which gave me permission to become who I needed to be. It was never the fear of failure that I ran away from, but the fear of success. What would that success reveal, was I worth being a success? Would I, am I THE right person for that level. Many refer to it as the imposter syndrome, but I don’t look at it as such. Most, no all, of us experience fear. We all aren’t sure if we are truly ready for the next huge platform, opportunity, or promotion. And if you say that this isn’t you, then you’re not stretching yourself enough. I rather refer to it as fear of our imperfections being revealed. Now, I am very aware that some of us say it, that we are ready, but there is always a second voice that contradicts that. For so long, I listened, I allowed it to stifle my breath. Allowed it to dim my light. Exchanging my greatness for fear. Running away from my humanity so that others wouldn’t have a reason to ridicule the first sign of imperfection.
Well…we are ALL imperfect. We all have fears. BUT we were all designed to contribute to the puzzle of life.
Now, how do we step away from the fear? Vulnerability.
Yes, the answer is in one word. Allowing ourselves to truly be seen by others without fear that our shortcomings will be used as a weapon. In our vulnerability, we become compassionate to others and give others grace. In our humanity there is freedom from the very fears that hold us back!
Read this poem once, twice, maybe three times and let it sink in. Now… go shine! Humanity is waiting on you and so am I!
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?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
are all meant to shine, as children do.
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’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
I say it again….
Allow the light that God placed in you shine so that others will see and believe also!