The Unknown: “Knock, Knock.”
You: Who’s there?
The Unknown: ” You”
You: You… me, you?
The Unknown: ” Yes, you… outside the box. Will you let me in?”
You: Can’t. What will people say? What will they think?
The Unknown: “You’re growing, maturing but they will call it different, acting funny, or weird. Will you grow?
You: Can’t. They will talk about me. They won’t like me.
The Unknown: ” This is true. They don’t know the real you. Who are they to you? Then they’re not your friend. Will You LET Me IN?“
You: I’m afraid. Things will change. They won’t stay the same. I’m comfortable this way.
The Unknown: ” Are you happy not being true to you? Do your people allow you to be the real you. Have you tried all you wanted to try. My friend, you lie.”
You: But what if I fail…?!? Have you thought about that?
The Unknown: “…but what if you don’t?”
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest 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, fabulous, gorgeous, talented? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that’s within us. It’s not just in some of us. It’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we automatically give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
–Nelson Mandela Inaugural Speech, Actual Author Marianne Williamson