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Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela

September 2011 741

“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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

‘A Return to Love” (1992) by Marianne Williamson

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9 responses »

  1. A truly appropriate sunset photo. Amazing shot. You can actually see Nelson Mandela from the clouds, looking down from the heavens. Good job!

  2. Great tribute to a great man.

  3. Beautiful poem & tribute to a truly beautiful person & spirit..

    • Thanks, Berna. The quote is by Marianne Williamson, but has often been mistaken as one of his. If you google it, you’ll find the story behind that. It worked well with the photo, but most of all, I did feel it honoured this special man.

  4. This man made the world light up and a better place! R.I.P

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