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Cradle of Dawn

Libby Roderick

The forces facing us are terrible indeed
My hope may flicker in the night
But in the morning I will plant another seed
and while you sleep it seeks the light
There are no promises that we will see the day
The dreams we live for will succeed
But I can promise you that half way
Round the world, I will hold the light up while you sleep.

Poem quoted by Nelson Mandela at his 1994 Inagural Speech
by Mary Ann Williamson

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 and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are 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 fear, our presence automatically
liberates others.

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