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26 August 2005

On my desk...

... sits this. I read it everyday.

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, to be 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 others won't feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God within us. And as we let our light shine, we consciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates other.

~Nelson Mandella - 1994 Inaugral Speech

I received this from a girl that I don't hang around with anymore. I have learned that I don't need to be everyone's best friend. But I am also learning that I don't come away from these things entirely unmarked or unaffected, like I always hope that will. And much to my surprise, this marking and affection isn't a bad thing. How amazing is it that I was created by the choice and out of the love of Hands that are greater than my wildest imagination? So I will toast you, my friend, to a stronger backbone made possible through a humbled and weakened heart.

"The world breaks every one and afterwards many are strong at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

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