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Our Deepest Fear…. Poem by Marianne Williamson

I love this poem especially because I observe many accountants are so reserved, shy and afraid to shine. I have many friends who I think have  HUGE potentials, but always feel that they are small and those big dreams are not for them. I hope this poem inspires them too. Please read twice and let the words come in to your heart.


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 frighten 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.


ETW Manchester, Autumn 2013


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