“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, 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.”
This has to be one of the deepest quotes I’ve ever read. This was said by one of my favorite Broadway leading ladies, Shoshana Bean. Now, if you don’t know who she is…I’m about to tell you. Shoshana Bean was in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell, the National Tour of Leader of the Pack, and was a part of the Tony Award -Winning original company of Hairspray. But, she is most known for her role as Elphaba in the Worldwide, Smash hit musical, Wicked. Since then, she has gone on to have a very successful career in stage and recording music.
The reason why I like this quote so much is that it’s basically saying that you should never undermine your confidence. Be proud of yourself! Be proud that you are a child of God! You are a package of brilliant, gorgeousness, and talented fabulousness! Do not be afraid to shine, and let that amazing sparkle of yours come out for the world to see. If you share that sparkle, it may inspire other to share their light and sparkle as well! Be that role models for others to look up to, and show them that it’s okay to be different. Help them see that it’s awesome to be unique! As Sierra Boggess always says: YOU ARE ENOUGH! YOU ARE SO ENOUGH! IT’S UNBELIEVABLE HOW ENOUGH YOU ARE!
Forget about your fears! They just hold you down. Once you forget about your fears, a whole new world will open up for you! Liberate yourself! If you can liberate yourself from your fears and restrictions, you can inspire other to do the same. If you can do that for someone else, you’ve made a huge difference not only in your world…but that person’s world as well.