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I’ve spent the day at a workshop with Stephen and Valery Cobern working on conquering fear in my life.  There is so much to say and yet nothing at all, but during the course of the day I was reminded of Marianne Williamson’s oft mentioned quote from her book ‘Return to Love’ and thought I’d share it below:

“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.”

And in those few words, lies the heart of the matter.  I finally realised today that I have spent a long, long time not putting some things into action simply because they conflict with the view that I hold of myself that I’m not good enough, because if I was good enough I’d have to live up to my potential.  Enough said I think!

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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  1. You – Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, you! Go get that light out from under that bushel

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