Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who Wrote That Quote?

Dear Madame L,

I keep thinking of a great paragraph someone quoted in a talk in church recently. The person said it was from Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech in 1994. It's about the possibility we all have to be great, and the fear we have of that very greatness. Can you help me find it?

Thanks in advance,

A Reader


Dear Reader,

Madame L thinks she has found the quote, which she also thought was from Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech. It turns out it was written by Marianne Williamson, inspirational writer and speaker, and author of "A Course in Miracles" and many other books. Here it is:

"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."

"The task at hand on will not be easy. But you have mandated us to change South Africa from a country in which the majority lived with little hope, to one in which they can live and work with dignity, with a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the future. The cornerstone of building a better life of opportunity, freedom and prosperity is the Reconstruction and Development Programme.

"This needs unity of purpose. It needs in action. It requires us all to work together to bring an end to division, an end to suspicion and build a nation united in our diversity.

"The people of South Africa have spoken in these elections. They want change! And change is what they will get. Our plan is to create jobs, promote peace and reconciliation, and to guarantee freedom for all South Africans. We will tackle the widespread poverty so pervasive among the majority of our people. By encouraging investors and the democratic state to support job creating projects in which manufacturing will play a central role we will try to change our country from a net exporter of raw material to one that exports finished products through beneficiation."

Thanks for asking,

Madame L

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Well, Nelson Mandela succeeded.

They must not have a Know Nothing Party in South Africa.