‘Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.’
By Marianne Williamson
This is an excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s poem which speaks on fear. An all-consuming fear that is more powerful than that of darkness and the Boogie Man. She speaks of a fear that haunts us as humans – one that causes us to shrink and live unfulfilled lives. It is a poem that was made popular by Nelson Mandela and has been recited time and time again.
The truth is, we often do not understand this. We were not put on this earth to shrink. We were placed on earth to fulfill our God-given purpose, no matter how daunting it is – more often than not is very daunting. After all, we “are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14). It is therefore our duty to bring this light – this beacon of love, those rays of hope and the light of God to this world in all and everything that we do.
‘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.’