Earlier this year, while attending a provisional meeting for the Junior League of Dallas, I had the opportunity to hear Colleen Walker, CEO of Girl Scouts of North Texas, speak. She ended her speech with a poem that she said inspires her and promotes the message of leadership that the Girls Scouts promulgate.
Something about these words really resonated with me. Especially the line about playing small. Being the best version of yourself isn’t just good for you; it’s good for others.
The inspiration this poem provides is applicable for so many pieces of my life: career, relationships, family and more. Read it for yourself. Then tell me what these words mean to you in the comments!
Our Deepest Fear
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 we 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 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 when 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.
– Marianne Williamson